Macomb County, Mich., passes LGBT anti-discrimination policy


MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — Macomb County authorities have passed a policy protecting county employees from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Macomb-County-MI-1The county Board of Commissioners voted 8-5 for the change on Thursday.

Commissioner Fred Miller spearheaded the policy initiative and says it will ensure county employees are treated based on “their merits,” not on “who they love.”

More than 35 communities have adopted similar rules in Michigan.

Macomb County officials say the new policy won’t provide preferential treatment to one group over another. It employs about 2,600 people.

The county recently changed its human resources handbook to include language about sexual orientation.

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