City of Mount Pleasant passes ordinance to protect all residents
July 10, 2012 — Last night, the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, City Commission ensured that all residents will be treated fairly and equally by passing a human rights ordinance. The ordinance includes crucial protections for gay and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
“We celebrate this victory, made possible by the hardworking advocates in Mt. Pleasant,” said Jon Hoadley, Director of the Unity Michigan Coalition. “This marks the 19th city in Michigan to pass these protections–momentum is growing across the state for fairness and equality.”
“This result shows how a community can come together to provide protections and welcome for all of its citizens, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members,” said local leader Norma Bailey. “Now no one need fear for their employment, housing or public accommodations based solely on who they are.”
65% of Michiganders support making Michigan an equal opportunity state. (See http://dontchangeyourself.com/Quinlan2011.pdf) Mt. Pleasant is one of 19 cities in Michigan, and more than 100 across the country who have successfully implemented similar 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, KICK, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ruth Ellis Center.