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)