Human Rights Ordinance to be Introduced at Jackson City Council

BTL Staff
By | 2016-10-06T09:00:00-04:00 October 6th, 2016|Michigan, News|

Jackson – Jackson City Councilmember Derek Dobies confirms he will be introducing a comprehensive human rights ordinance for consideration and possible adoption by the Jackson City Council on Oct. 11.
Dobies said he chose Oct. 11 because it is National Coming Out Day. Some residents are planning to rally outside Jackson City Hall before the meeting, as well as address the council in support of the legislative initiative.
Jackson touts itself as the birthplace of the Republican Party, and has been attempting to pass a comprehensive human rights law that includes the LGBT community since at least 2010.
The community has also been rocked by battles over the formation of a Gay Straight Alliance at the high school – when the American Family Association of Michigan, led by Gary Glenn, now a Republican lawmaker from Midland, threatened to sue the district in 2000-2001.
The city along with the county – in a cost saving move – hired Crystal Dixon of Ohio to run joint human resources operations for both governments. The problem? She had been fired from the University of Toledo for a letter to the editor in which she opined the LGBT community members were not victims of civil rights violations because they choose their sexuality.

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