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Tue July 23, 2013

Kalamazoo Township non-discrimination ordinance covers sexual orientation and gender idenity

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Interview with Emily Monacelli

    

Kalamazoo Township trustees have approved a policy that bans discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing. 

MLive Kalamazoo reporter Emily Monacelli told WMUK's Gordon Evans that the board has been working on the ordinance for several months. But she says there has been little controversy or protest through the process. During Monday night's meeting three members of the public spoke, Monacelli says all of them spoke in support of the non-discrimination ordinance. 

Monacelli says Kalamazoo Township's ordinance is similar to one that bans discrimination in the city of Kalamazoo. City Commissioners approved that ordinance in 2009. Opponents gathered petition signatures to force a referendum . Voters ultimately upheld the city's non-discrimination ordinance. 

Violations range from $75 up to $500 depending on the number of violations.