Fort Wayne City Council split down the middle tonight on two proposed ordinances regulating sexually oriented businesses.
A proposal to ban so-called swingers clubs that allow patrons to view and engage in live sex acts after paying membership and entry fees failed when it could not muster five votes.
But Council passed a second measure that requires strip clubs to be licensed and imposes a "six-foot rule" between nearly nude performers onstage and audience members.
The vote on the strip clubs was 5-to-1 with Councilman Paul Ensley, R-1st, abstaining. Michael Barranda, Council President John Crawford and Thomas Freistoffer, all Republicans elected at large, voted in favor, as did Russ Jehl, R-2nd, and Geoff Paddock, D-5th. Glynn Hines, D-6th, voted against.
The swingers club measure tied at 3-3, with Ensley abstaining. It was supported by Freistroffer, Jehl, and Paddock and opposed by Barranda, Crawford and Hines.
Tom Didier, R-3rd, and Jason Arp, R-4th, were absent. A motion to postpone the vote on the swingers club ordinance for two weeks to allow Didier to vote for it failed.