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Anti-Discriminatory Ordinance Passes in Delta Township

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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - It was standing room only at the Delta Township Board Meeting Monday night as the board unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance that prevents discrimination and specifically protects people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

"As local government do we need to step in and do what is needed to make sure all our residents are protected under the law? I believe we have a moral obligation to act," said Township Supervisor Kenneth Fletcher.

The unanimous vote, for Cheryl Overley, meant one thing:

"Relief," said Overley, "huge relief that delta township is now a place that's safe for all my friends and family to shop live and work."

Overly was just one of many Delta Township residents who spoke out at the meeting. She says she's proud of her township board for championing social justice.

"Delta Township gets to enter the twenty-first century," Overly said.

But not everyone feels the board's decision was the right one.

"This is an ordinance that isn't needed," said David Kallman, who claims the ordinance, in itself, is discriminatory because he says it isolates certain people based on their beliefs.

"The board is choosing sides here. If anybody even makes a comment that could be perceived as anti-homosexual that person can be hauled before the township for simply stating a belief," said Kallman.

Public opinion varied about the ordinance, but the yays took the vote. Supporters say they hope similar legislation moves forward at the state level.

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