Lansing Township Introduces Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

Lansing Township is taking a stand against discrimination.

The township board began discussions Tuesday night to implement an ordinance that would include protections for LGBT members of the community and for those with disabilities.

It's an ordinance that would be similar to one that's been on the books in East Lansing, Mich. for decades that protects individuals from being discriminated against for housing or employment because of their sexual orientation.

Board Trustee Diontrae Hayes said the township was following the lead of several neighboring municipalities in bringing the issue up for discussion.

"This has been an ongoing issue, not just in Michigan but in cities all over the country," Hayes said. "We saw it as a way to be proactive because we want to make sure that all of our residents in our township feel protected."

The board also wants to include protections for those with disabilities as well which is something township resident Sidney Johnson said he agrees with.

"Everybody should be treated equally because we're all pretty much the same and everybody deserves the same exact rights," he said.

Discussion also centering around whether the issue should be dealt with through an ordinance or as a resolution and how the township would realistically enforce it.

It's a discussion Hayes said it overdue.

"We want to make sure that Lansing Township is a thriving place, is welcoming and open for business," Hayes said.

For now the issue will remain a discussion item as the board continues to mull their options.

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