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Pleasant Ridge to Hold Public Hearing on Human Rights Ordinance

The City of Pleasant Ridge is holding a public hearing on April 9, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the possible adoption of a Human Rights Ordinance.
Commissioner Ann Perry is in support of the ordinance. "I was asked other day if there had been any instances of discrimination in our community. I know of no cases of discrimination in Pleasant Ridge. This is a thoughtful city that naturally embraces an inclusive culture. However, that doesn't mean that Pleasant Ridge can't benefit from a human rights ordinance. In keeping with our diverse community, this ordinance is about making sure all people in Pleasant Ridge are treated fairly and equally under the law," Perry said. "And more importantly, it is an open public statement that our city welcomes everyone, including businesses seeking an environment where diversity thrives."
The ordinance would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public accommodations and employment. The City of Royal Oak recently passed a similar ordinance, but it was placed on hold after an opposing group of residents gathered 100 signatures to block its implementation. If the group is able to gather enough signatures, the ordinance will be put on the ballot for a public vote in November. If the petition drive fails, Royal Oak will be the 22nd city to have such an ordinance. If the ordinance is put on hold until November, Pleasant Ridge could become the 22nd if they pass their's first.
The hearing will take place in the City Commission Chambers, 23925 Woodward Avenue, Pleasant Ridge. Unity Michigan is among the groups advocating for human rights ordinances across the state. To learn more visit http://www.unitymichigan.org/.



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