Lansing Council Member Fighting Discrimination

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Kathie Dunbar says it's time the city of Lansing fights discrimination.

"Discrimination exists and it's a head in the sand approach to think that it doesn't," Dunbar said.

A similar law was passed in 1996 but was repealed shortly thereafter by voters. In the past 10 years, no other proposals have been brought to the city.

Dunbar says the ordinance will protect discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, military discharges and many others.

Civil rights groups in Lansing are disappointed the law was adopted earlier.

"The only thing about this ordinance that's unusual is that it's not currently on the books," Derek Smiertka said.

Smiertka is the Executive Director of Michigan Equality and says Lansing has a chance to set a precedent.

"Lansing has a chance for a broad civil rights initiative to cover everyone and it's a symbol that Lansing can be a model for the region," he said.

Dunbar says if passed, the ordinance will most likely take effect in early December.