East Grand Rapids Adopts Non-Discrimination Ordinance


EAST GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - A city in western Michigan is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment.

WXMI-TV reports city leaders in East Grand Rapids voted March 2 to approve the amendment with no votes against adopting the ordinance.

Mayor Amna Seibold says it "will ensure there is no discrimination."

The vote comes after East Grand Rapids leaders expressed disappointment that state lawmakers failed to pass legislation to do the same. The Grand Rapids Press reports part of the proposed ordinance was copied from similar measures in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Traverse City.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has called for legislative discussion to amend the state's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and places open to the public, but bills died last session.

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