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Canton is Michigan’s 35th Community to Give Thumbs Up to LGBT Equality

A human rights ordinance sailed through the Board of Trustees with only one dissenting vote.

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Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and other human rights advocates celebrated Tuesday after the Canton Township Board of Trustees voted to make Canton the 35th municipality in Michigan to adopt a human rights ordinance, The Observer & Eccentric reports.

The only Democrat on the board, trustee Steve Sneideman gained support from his Republican counterparts to help protect LGBT rights. The ordinance protects LGBT rights in housing, the workplace and in public accommodations.

Sneideman said firing LGBT individuals because of their sexual orientation, is “not right,” the newspaper said.

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The lone dissenting vote came from trustee Tom Yack, but supporters of the human rights code are still concerned about the opposition that could surface. Yack argued that the local government doesn’t have the expertise to investigate complaints.

Scott Green, a student at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, told the board to take a stand against discrimination of any kind.

“It will send a personal message to every single student, every single family that this is a conversation that needs to be had,” Green said.

The township trustees decided to address the issue now instead of waiting until January, when the meeting was originally scheduled to take place. “We need it now,” said Tina Terrill, a 15-year Canton resident who came out as a lesbian at age 48.

Canton’s vote makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status, race, color, religion, sex, age, height, weight, national origin, condition of pregnancy, source of income, family responsibilities and physical or mental limitations. Most of those protections are already covered by state and federal law.


Elizabeth June 13, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Ho⦁mo⦁fasc⦁ism, | hō mō faSH izǝm noun. a way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free speech rights. loss of employment, and having the word “hate” attached to you in some form
Dale Behler June 13, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Think as they do or be vilified and pay the consequences. Outlawing free thought and expression of opinion contrary to the elite ruling establishment. You must conform! That is beginning to sound a lot like modern day America.
Elizabeth June 13, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Can you imagine if someone did something like this to any LGBT group? https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/forms/WEB118
Love All July 08, 2014 at 11:31 PM
It's really ironic to see how those with all the power have turned themselves into the "victims" here. They seem to forget that their own goal was to keep the LGBT community DOWN,, NOT wanting them to have equal rights and protections, NOT wanting them to speak out against the inherent inequality in our system. Why do they do this? The abhor gay men and women, they think of them as less than human, as perverts and worse when the exact opposite it true. Thank God the Constitution is the Law of our land, not the Bible. Those that disagree on both sides are free to do so,, but discrimination is NOT allowed under our Constitution. ALL men are created equal,, not just the ones that look like you and act like you.

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