Human Rights Ordinance on Hold in Royal Oak

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit community's human rights ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and a number of other factors is on hold.

Royal Oak's City Commission passed the measure earlier this month, about 12 years after voters defeated a similar measure. The ordinance covers housing, employment and public accommodations.

The ordinance was to take effect Thursday, but opponents turned in enough signatures to stop it from being enacted for at least the next few weeks. They want voters to decide the issue, and have until April 3 to collect 746 signatures to get it on the ballot.

The ordinance would make it illegal to discriminate based on 16 factors. A number of other Michigan communities have similar protections.