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The greater Lansing community is moving towards inclusive nondiscrimination laws, but advocates and lawmakers are facing pushback in two communities.
Delta Township met Monday Oct. 7 with an aim towards adopting such a law, but voted instead to delay approving or implementing the ordinance before legal counsel could review a memo from a local law firm arguing the ordinance violated both the state and federal constitution. A vote on the measure could come as soon as the Oct. 21 meeting of the Board.
Meanwhile, in Meridian Township, the board there amended its housing ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in July, but Oct. 1 the board was wrestling with amending the employment laws. Trustee Milton Scales opposes the ordinance on employment because it appears to place sexual orientation discrimination on the same level as racial and gender discrimination, reports HOMTV, the Meridian Township television station. The Board will revisit the ordinance on Oct. 15.
In Delhi Township, to the south of Lansing, a nondiscrimination ordinance was passed Oct. 2. The unanimously approved law prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The three townships announced in May that they would introduce anti-discrimination ordinances similar to those already on the books in Lansing and East Lansing.