Proposed ordinance would help protect LGBT community - WNEM TV 5

Proposed ordinance would help protect LGBT community

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

After Bay County failed to adopt a measure, an ordinance is being proposed in Saginaw County that would protect people in the LGBT community against discrimination.

The proposal will be discussed Monday at the Saginaw City council meeting.

The city has an ordinance protecting the LGBT community in housing but nothing in regards to accommodations or employment.

The ordinance would guarantee city residents and visitors equal treatment in employment and accommodations, regardless of sexual orientation. 

If passed, businesses or other establishments violating the ordinance could face up to a five hundred dollar fine. 

Mayor Dennis Browning hasn't made up his mind yet, but he says he looks forward to hearing the debate.

"There's going to be a lot of discussion. This is a very emotional issue, very controversial that we see happening in our community," says Browning.

Mayor Browning says he has some questions of his own about the ordinance.

"How is it enforced? What are the perimeters? Does it just affect the LGBT community?," asks Browning. 

The mayor, city council members, and Saginaw residents will get that opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions Monday night.

Mayor Browning says the council will not put the ordinance to a vote until they have done their research and feel ready to make a decision.

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