With a unanimous vote, the City of Charleston became the second city to approve a gay protections law in the state of South Carolina.

City leaders approved two ordinances Tuesday. A housing anti-discrimination law was beefed up to include age, sexual orientation and gender identity, while a new ordinance prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, age and sexual orientation or gender identity in the area of public accommodations.

“All across South Carolina, we are celebrating this historic victory for all families as Charleston joins Columbia as the second city in the state to enact such nondiscrimination ordinances,” C. Ray Drew, executive director of South Carolina Equality, said in a statement.

“These pro-business ordinances are consistent with the values of Charlestonians; they send the clear message that Charleston welcomes families from all walks of life,” he added.

A coalition of civil rights groups lobbied for passage of the new laws, both in Charleston and Columbia. Members of Charleston's Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), SC Stonewall Democrats, SC Log Cabin Republicans, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and South Carolina Equality presented the ordinances to the Charleston mayor's office in August.