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LGBT Couples Win In Meridian Twp

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- The Meridian Township board passed a vote prohibiting housing discrimination against anyone for their sexual orientation.

The group One Capital Region has been working toward this since March.

For Gina Calcanyo Fiedl, organizer for One Capital Region, says laws protecting gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people at the local level are a must. "Meridian Township made huge strides tonight and struck a blow for equality which was just wonderful to see," said Calcanyo.

That's because there are no protections at the state level.

For Calcanyo this is a personal victory, she and her wife Nicollette are domestic partners in Illinois. The couple has a civil union in New Jersey, but in Michigan, the place they call home, they are single. She says fair housing locally is a step in the right direction for lgbt rights. "To see meridian township acting on a housing ordinance like this says it's not just unacceptable morally, but it's not acceptable legally," said Calcanyo.

Meridian Township Trustee Angie Wilson says she's heard only positive feedback from inside and outside of the community. "This is just the first step because in September it's scheduled to come back to the board to look at an ordinance that is complete that also includes with our fair housing, employment," said Wilson.

Calcanyo and her wife haven't had a problem finding housing here, but she fights so others can say the same thing. "A lot of people support this type of law, however, most people think that these laws already exist and so it's a shock to find out that this only just passed for a lot of people," said Calcanyo.

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