JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — One year after passing the city’s controversial non-discrimination ordinance, the Jackson City Council is offering more protections for LGBT people.
Tuesday night, the city council unanimously approved changes to four city codes, adding protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mayor Derek Dobies says these changes get certain city policies like city employment, municipal work contracts, housing, and TV cable installation in line with the NDO.
For example, if a company is given a city work contract or wants to install cable in the city, they cannot discriminate against LGBT people.
When the NDO passed last year, there was backlash from several Christian churches who tried to block it from taking effect.
At Tuesday’s meeting, there was no vocal opposition to the changes during citizen comment time.
Mayor Derek Dobies says this shows how Jackson is becoming a more inclusive city.
“It certainly makes the non-discrimination ordinance stronger, makes those protections reflected through-out the rest of the city code and serves as another statement that Jackson is going to be a tolerant, inclusive city that views diversity as a strength. You know, I’ve always said if you love Jackson, Jackson is going to love you back and we’re going to continue with that mantra and continue to do the things that showcase that here in the city,” Mayor Dobies said.
The council also approved Jackson’s second annual LGBT pride festival, which is taking place Aug. 18 in Horace Blackman Park and CP Federal City Square.