5 Iowa cities receive perfect scores on Municipal Equality Index
The cities of West Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Davenport all scored 100 out of 100 points on the 2023 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard. Des Moines and Ames both scored 96, while Waterloo scored an 83 and Sioux City a 77. The MEI scorecard is compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that rates 506 cities across the country on 49 criteria covering citywide non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. The index aims to highlight work toward municipal equality that is happening in cities across the U.S., according to a news release. To view the full Human Rights Campaign report, which shows detailed scorecards for every city, click here.