Local city passes non-discrimination ordinance - WNEM TV 5

Local city passes non-discrimination ordinance

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The Fenton City Council passed an ordinance aimed at ending all discrimination in their community on Monday night.

Fenton became the 33rd community in Michigan to pass such an ordinance that will protect lesbian, gay and transgender residents.

The ordinance gives protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, physical or mental disability and family status.

"Those protections for gender identity and sexual orientation are not provided in the constitution or in Michigan state law. And they felt those protections should be there for people in our community," said Lynn Markland, Fenton city manager.

Not everyone in the community is on board with the new ordinance, some said check the Bible, yet others in the community say it's 2014, is this still an issue.

"I'm blown away that it's even an issue at this point. Surely we've moved a little further than this," Elizabeth Dickens said.

The city manager said the ordinance will go into effect sometime in July.

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