Congratulations to Jackson, Michigan as LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Takes Effect

By Adam Polaski • April 12, 2017 • 10:22 am

Yesterday in Jackson, Michigan, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson cleared the way for a comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination ordinance to take effect, making Jackson the 42nd city in Michigan with a powerful LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.

For the past few weeks, anti-LGBT forces in the city have been seeking to place the ordinance on the ballot, despite the widely understood reality that the rights and protections of a minority group should never be put to a popular vote. Judge Wilson ruled that many of the signatures on a small petition to put the Jackson, MI ordinance on the ballot were invalid.

Equality Michigan was instrumental in the fight against the proposed ballot initiative, and in supporting local advocates in their push to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

Equality Michigan Executive Director Stephanie White said this week:

“For nearly 20 years, the people of Jackson have been asking their elected officials to outlaw discrimination against the LGBTQ community, and they have finally been heard. Equality Michigan feels incredibly lucky to be able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Jackson Together to help support their long-time efforts and the people of Jackson are lucky to have such heroic and dogged activists fighting for their rights.”

When municipalities like Jackson embrace non-discrimination protections that cover the LGBT community, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. Hundreds of cities and towns over the past 40 years have voted to protect residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, because they know it’s the right thing to do and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

Read more from Equality Michigan.


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