Jackson, Michigan Expands Non-Discrimination Protections to Include LGBT People

By Adam Polaski • February 8, 2017 • 10:35 am

Last night, February 7, the City Council in Jackson, Michigan voted in favor of an ordinance expanding comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBT people. The ordinance, which passed by a 5-2 vote, will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Our friends at Equality Michigan have been working hard to increase the number of municipalities with LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance and policies. Jackson, MI is now the 42nd community in Michigan with these protections – and more than 2.1 million residents statewide are covered by an inclusive law.

Nathan Triplett, Director of Public Policy and Political Action for Equality Michigan, said this week:

“Pro-equality advocates in Jackson, including faith and business leaders, have been working toward this day for nearly 20 years. Their tireless efforts have helped Jackson take an important step toward becoming a more welcoming, more inclusive, more competitive community. Exactly the kind of community and the kind of state we should be striving for.”

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.

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