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Meridian Township Approves LGBT Protection Ordinance

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MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - It's a big day for gays and lesbians in mid-Michigan and across the nation. Two votes Thursday could help protect members of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered (LGBT) community against discrimination in the workplace.

With a 5 to 1 vote, Meridian Township has now been added to that long list to protect the LBGT community in the state that includes Lansing and East Lansing.

Trustee Angela Wilson told 6 News the township has had complaints recently of people being turned away from restaurants or jobs because of their sexual orientation and says it only seems fair to have this ordinance on the books.

"We're really representing Meridian Township and we're making sure that it's about time that everybody has equal access and fairness in employment, public accommodations and housing," said Wilson.

Trustee Milton Scales voted against the ordinance, but said it's nothing against the LGBT community, but rather with the ordinance. The township will now have to respond to complaints, which he explains is labor intensive and is more than just answering questions. He feels the state would be better prepared to handle this their with their infrastructure, experience, and staffing.

Trustee Scales explains that responding to a complaint involves a number of steps including the complain intake, investigation, validty determination and mediation, just to name a few.

Back in July, the township did make changes to a housing ordinance to also include the LGBT community. Now, most in Meridian are glad to see employment and public places added to that list.

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