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by IU News & Talk
Head Columnist - Joel M.
On Monday, October 28, Delta Township joined the ranks of 28 other municipalities in the state that protect Michiganders from being fired or denied housing for being – in reality or perception – members of the LGBT community. With Delta Township becoming number 29, the number has risen significantly from a year ago when that number was only 19.
“In 2011, when the legislature passed the domestic partnership benefit ban, it hurt. What hurt even more was the fact that when I personally reached out to my elected officials to ask them how they were planning on voting and told them my story, I got an awful response. My senator said that he didn’t support benefits for ‘roommates’.”
One person wrote on the OCR’s Facebook page during the Oct. 21 meeting, “Are we at a governmental meeting or church?”
“Both ordained and lay faith leaders in the Greater Lansing area have signed on to the campaign as supporters. More than 30 ordained faith leaders in the region have signed on. Pastors have testified about the importance of this ordinance on behalf of their communities. More importantly, the people who live in these communities are overwhelmingly supportive of these ordinances.”
“Every time you’re asking someone to take the first step toward action, regardless of their age, you’re going to get some pushback. That’s totally understandable. It’s scary to take the first step towards action and it can be difficult to go out and talk to strangers or pick up the phone. However, it’s the conversations that we’re having now that are going to make progress that much easier to achieve. Community organizers ensure that volunteers are supported all along the way.”