A person's gender identity or sexual orientation can no longer prevent them from getting hired or promoted within a Bibb County job.

In a 6-3 vote, Bibb commissioners Tuesday approved an ordinance that will add the LGBTQ community into the county charter.

Prior to the vote, the charter only listed sex, race, religion, national origin, age, or political affiliation.

Several people spoke up against the ordinance including Commissioner Mallory Jones who voted against it.

Jones says by approving this ordinance the county is heading towards more LGBTQ+ changes in the charter.

“I’m so convinced we're headed in that we're going to have the bathroom issue because it’s all over America. Don’t be naïve. It’s there,” said Jones.

Bentley Hudgins is one of many who were there to encourage the change.

Hudgins says he was proud to see how civil the two sides were.

“It never once devolved into hateful rhetoric. Some may have regarded each other as ignorant or intolerant, but no one ever yelled at each other and everyone remained respectful of each other,” said Hudgins.

Hudgins says the group is going to continue to work for more LGBTQ rights in the county.