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Mich. town approves LGBT rights law, may push state to do the same

Sunday, October 27, 2013

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Suburban Lansing officials have voted to extend civil rights protection to gay people, and they’re debating whether to ask Michigan to do the same.

The Delta Township board scheduled a discussion Nov. 4 on a resolution asking the state Legislature to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to extend anti-bias protection based on sexual orientation.

Last Monday, the Eaton County community’s board voted 6-0 to bar discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation against gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A standing-room-only crowd packed the board’s chambers for the meeting, reported the Lansing State Journal.

“The question is, do we sit back and do nothing” while waiting for the Legislature to act, said Township Supervisor Ken Fletcher just before the vote. “I believe we have a moral obligation to act. We need to get thes e (protections) on the books.”

“This is a very, very important ordinance,” said Township Clerk Mary Clark. “My main absolute goal is to protect all persons in our community.”

Local attorney David Kallman, an opponent of the ordinance, called it “seriously flawed.” He said it means that “people of religious faith can’t act on that faith.”

Justin Lippi said he has experienced discrimination that would be probibited by the ordinance.

“The most powerful thing for me is not being fired or not being able to live in my house because people find out I’m gay,” Lippi said.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. Lonnie Jenks-cc just a thought.

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:43pm
  2. Yay!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:34am
  3. this is very good for the community

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:36am
  4. very positive step forward

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:36am
  5. Praying that it happens.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:26am
  6. ALRIGHT….COME ON MICHIGAN…..DO THE RIGHT THING….AND GET OUT OF THE DARK AGES.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:21am
  7. Y not here in Nigeria?

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:00am