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Delta Twp Holds Off On LGBT Vote

Close to 30 communities across the state have already changed their books to offer equal opportunities for members of the LGBT community.

Delta township decided they needed more time on the an issue our Nick Perreault explains has support on both sides.

 People were standing for what they believed in literally, in the board room and in the hall way.

"The entire capital region will send a message that all people are welcome," said Delta Twp. Supervisor Ken Fletcher.

A message that members of the LGBT community will not be turned away from a job or place to live because of their sexual orientation.

The ordinance wouldn't apply to religious institutions like churches or universities, but still Great Lakes Christian College President Larry Carter has an issue with the change.

"You're not recognizing my religious orientation by requiring me to hire someone that I feel does not fit which does not fit within the constraits of my scripture, so how is that fair," said Great Lakes Chrisitan College President Larry Carter.

28 other communities including Lansing and East Lansing around Michigan have similar rules on the books, but David Kalmaan says they don't really make a difference in stopping lawsuits.

"You'll see page after page after page of lawsuits all over the place, It's a very costly, time consuming thing and I think literally drive people out of business," said Resident David Kallman.

But Travis Radina says those lawsuits prove discrimination is happening and needs to be stopped.

"Right now if there discriminated against, there is no recorse against them, they are simply out of luck and that's not acceptable for our community, it's not acceptable for Michigan," said Resident Travis Radina.

The board tabled the vote, meaning this debate will continue.

The township attorney is expected to review a variety of issues raised at Monday's meeting and then will bring this up for a vote at a later date that has yet to be determined.

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