JACKSON – The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday night to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations. The 5-2 vote made the City of Jackson the 42nd community in Michigan to approve such a measure, now collectively covering over 2.1 million residents across the state. In the absence of action by state lawmakers to address the need to update the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, cities and towns everywhere are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. Like many others, the City of Jackson is stepping up to make their community more welcoming and competitive in their efforts to attract a talented workforce.
“Congratulations and thank you to the Jackson City Council for adopting this ordinance,” said Jim Murray, AT&T Michigan president, and board chair for Equality Michigan. “I applaud your commitment to ensuring all residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are protected. The entire Jackson community will grow and be strengthened by your work here tonight.”
Photo courtesy of Nathan Triplett, EQMI
EQMI was happy to support the efforts of local residents who have been working long and hard to update their city ordinance.
“Pro-equality advocates in Jackson, including faith and business leaders, have been working toward this day for nearly 20 years,” said Nathan Triplett, Equality Michigan’s director of public policy and political action. “Their tireless efforts have helped Jackson take an important step toward becoming a more welcoming, more inclusive, more competitive community. Exactly the kind of community and the kind of state we should be striving for.”
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