Last night, the City of Marquette became the first city in the UP to pass a resolution in support of amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. We are excited to see Marquette standing up in favor of fairness and equality for all people, including gay and transgender people.
Last night, the Sterling Heights City Council voted 7-0 in support of a nondiscrimination ordinance that protects all people, including gay and transgender people, from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Sterling Heights is the fourth largest city in Michigan, so this is a huge win for the State of Michigan. Congratulations Sterling Heights on becoming the 36th municipality to protect all of its people.
Last night, Canton Township voted 6-1 in support of a nondiscrimination ordinance that protects all people, including gay and transgender people, from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Congratulations Canton on becoming the 35th municipality in Michigan to protect all of its citizens.
On April 21st, 2014, the Adrian City Commission approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that ensures that all people in Adrian are treated fairly and equally, including gay and transgender people.
Lathrup Village becomes 32nd municipality in Michigan to modernize their Non-discrimination Ordinance
February 25, 2014 —Last night the Lathrup City Council voted unanimously to modernize their non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity, making them the 32nd municipality in Michigan to do so.
“We applaud the Lathrup Village City Council for their leadership and commitment to freedom and opportunity,” said Jared Volz, of the Unity Michigan coalition. “This ordinance ensures that all hardworking people in Lathrup Village, including gay and transgender people, have a chance to earn a living for themselves and their families.”
Right now in Michigan, it’s perfectly legal to be fired just for being gay. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act protects against discrimination based on race, religion, height, weight, and many more classifications, but not for sexual orientation or gender identity. So local officials across Michigan are taking action, and the momentum is staggering.
Just last year 10 other municipalities adopted similar ordinances and the Michigan Municipal League endorsed LGBT inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. And, according to Unity Michigan, more are on the way.
“When local elected officials realize it’s legal to fire someone just for being gay, and that they have the authority to address that discrimination in their communities, they are overwhelmingly supportive.” says Volz.
Support for nondiscrimination protections in Michigan is broad. Over 75% of Michiganders support making Michigan an equal opportunity state (see Glengarriff Group Poll http://www.unitymichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/michigan_2013_gay_and_lesbian_issues_survey_report.pdf)
For a list of municipalities with ordinances visit: http://www.unitymichigan.org/cities-with-ordinances/
The Unity Michigan Coalition works to ensure that all Michiganders are treated fairly by advancing non-discrimination policies. www.unitymichigan.org The Unity Michigan Coalition includes the ACLU of Michigan, Affirmations, Equality Michigan, the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, KICK, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ruth Ellis Center.
Election Day 2013 was a big day for equality in Michigan. To date, 30 municipalities have adopted ordinances protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination (see the full list below).
On November 5, Voters in Royal Oak upheld that city’s nondiscrimination ordinance which was passed 6-1 by the City Council in March but subjected to a voter referendum by opponents of fairness and equality.
That same night in Meridian Township elected officials voted to expand their nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classifications.
That brings the total number of municipalities in Michigan that protect gay and transgender people from discrimination to 30. Which begs the question: When will Michigan adopt statewide nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people?
The answer: not soon enough. To do that, elected officials in Lansing need to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s a simple fix, but a very complicated process. So, while we continue to work with officials in the state legislature, we help local activists pass ordinances in their own communities. Together we can send a message to Lansing that now is the time to change the law.
Currently, 30 municipalities in Michigan protect gay and transgender people from discrimination. All ordinances are inclusive of gay and transgender people, and of employment and housing, unless noted. This list was updated November 11, 2013.
Birmingham (housing – sexual orientation)
Village of Douglas
Flint (housing and public accommodations)
Grand Ledge (sexual orientation)
Saginaw (housing – sexual orientation)