The Royal Oak City Commission passed a first draft reading of a seven-page human rights ordinance at their meeting on Jan. 28, and is holding a public comment period until the second reading, and vote, takes place on March 4. The ordinance protects citizens from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. The ordinance covers race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status and other protected classes. The only dissenting vote in the decision to move forward came from Commissioner David Poulton. Between The Lines wrote about the initial discussion, which came at a Commission meeting in November, which can be read at https://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=56836. To have your voice heard, come to the March 4 meeting and/or contact Royal Oak elected officials through their website at http://www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/portal/.