Royal Oak’s Human Rights Ordinance must stay
ROYAL OAK — Coming off the heels of a common-sense Human Rights Ordinance in Royal Oak, Michigan, fair-minded leaders and everyday folks in Royal Oak have joined together to speak out against a set of signatures filed today.
The signatures were gathered by opponents of fairness in an effort to stop the city from enacting its Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance, which provides protections ensuring all residents will be treated fairly and equally, was passed 6 to 1 by the city commission in March.
Statement from Reverend Jim Lynch, Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit:
“As people of faith, we all are called to treat our neighbors as we would like to be treated. Royal Oak’s Human Rights Ordinance embodies the most important Christian value: the Golden Rule.”
Statement from resident Kara Leslie:
“Collecting signatures in order to make sure some people in our town aren’t treated fairly? That isn’t right. That isn’t Royal Oak. Everyone should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our city. The Human Rights Ordinance should stay.”
Statement from Unity Michigan Coalition:
“All Royal Oak residents, including gay and transgender people, should be treated fairly, and a majority of Michiganders support the Human Rights Ordinance. In fact, over 20 cities here in Michigan, and more than 100 nationwide, have successfully implemented similar ordinances. And 65% of Michiganders support making sure that gay and transgender people, are protected from discrimination.”
Cities with ordinances: 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, KICK, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ruth Ellis Center.