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Kalamazoo, MI Votes to Protect its LGBT Citizens from Discrimination


Kalamazoo, Michigan, which has gone back and forth on an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance — approving it in December 2008 and rescinding it in January 2009 following petitions from the American Family Association — voted unanimously to adopt the measure last night. It will go into effect in July and prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people when it comes to hiring, housing and other accommodations.

Kalamazoo WOOD reports: "Changes were made to try and accommodate both sides, mainly making exemptions for religious organizations. Most of the ordinance's opposition comes from the organization's Michigan chapter, which argues mostly on the basis of religious views. The city manager will be in charge of enforcement. Businesses and housing organizations would face stiff fines if found to have discriminated against the gay community. However, opposition groups will have a chance to petition again. With 1,300 signatures, the ordinance would have to go before the commission for a third time. From there, the commission could rescind it, or put it before the Kalamazoo community for a vote in the next election."

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  1. Having been born and raised in Kalamazoo (before moving to California), this is wonderful news. When I was growing up there, it was a conservative--albeit moderately so--community with several colleges/universities and arts (theater, dance, museums) outlets and gay bars. You could be gay and people would ask if you were a "college student". We were labeled "An All American City" back in the 60's. Some of the best gay parties were held on farms in the rural area. It was just in the last few years I started reading about gay bashings at Western Michigan University that I became worried (along with influx of Idaho-like survialist groups in Michigan). Good to know that the battle is more won than lost there. Yay for Kalamazoo!

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 30, 2009 11:41:01 AM

  2. Is there a list of municipalities with anti-discrimination ordinances?

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 30, 2009 11:47:08 AM

  3. I also forgot to mention that old broad should get her facts straight (pardon the pun), but the American Psychological Association doesn't look for gay genes; however there have been many studies that show homosexuality is more nature than nurture. And, yes, it is a civil rights issue. Like all of her ilk, she pulls her thoughts and facts out of her ample, wrinkled ass. It must be so difficult to actually have to be an adult--maybe that's why they're so cranky. It's never too late to start growing up, you overweight, slovenly, pudgy hunk of straightness.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 30, 2009 12:49:48 PM

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