Portage approves non-discrimination ordinance

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PORTAGE, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — The city of Portage has approved an ordinance designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

Mary Beth Block, Assistant to the City Manager of Portage, tells FOX 17 that the ordinance passed by a vote of 6-1 Tuesday night.

The ordinance was proposed by the Human Services Board and is geared at preventing discrimination in housing, employment and public services.

The city of Kalamazoo and several other Michigan communities have adopted similar non-discrimination ordinances.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Multiple Michigan jurisdictions that have attempted to pass such ordinances over the past few years failed to do so, including Bay County and Saginaw. The reason they failed is that such laws are being used to go far beyond merely protecting individuals by judges who allow them to also protect acts and associations that some individuals freely choose to engage in. Now they’re even being used to eliminate any objective measure by which a particular individual could be barred from a public restroom, even when doing so results in serious safety concerns for women and children.