Battle Creek, Mich., bars anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, employment

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The city of Battle Creek has joined the growing list of municipalities across Michigan to adopt an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against LGBT residents in the areas of housing and employment.

Dozens of residents spoke during the meeting both in support and opposition of the ordinance during the City Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

Those in favor said it dealt with a human rights issue and provided equal protection to LGBT residents.

Opponents of the ordinance argued it went against religious views and forced employers to change their business practices.

Commissioners voted 8-1 in favor of the ordinance, which includes an exception for religious organizations, reported the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Residents who oppose the move have 30 days to file a referendum petition.

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