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Positive feedback to city's non-discrimination ordinance

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Saginaw isn't the only Mid-Michigan community to have voted against policies aimed at protecting LGBT rights. 

Earlier this year, Bay County defeated a proposal to ban discrimination against individuals in the workplace based on sexual orientation, but dozens of communities throughout the state have successfully passed similar measures.

"In a sense it's about justice for folks who have been discriminated against because of their orientation or being transgender," said Linden Mayor David Lossing.

The city of Linden has enacted a non-discrimination ordinance for the LGBT community. It protects anyone from being discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The law also includes some religious exemptions.

"It's also about making Michigan a more hospitable place to live. There are people leaving the state because they're not welcome here," Lossing said.

The ordinance was unanimously approved by Linden City Council back in September. So far the mayor said community reaction has been positive.

"We didn't have any problems before we passed it or since we passed it, but we are hearing good feedback because now we are on the leading edge saying we're going to protect our residents," Lossing said.

Residents said they're proud of their city for being one of the first to protect the LGBT community.

Lossing said it's time for lawmakers to enact a statewide law, but until then it's up to local government to make sure homosexual residents and job seekers are not discriminated against.

"We're the second community in Genesee County to protect everybody and hopefully more now will follow," he said.

More than 30 communities in Michigan have passed some sort of LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

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