KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A Kalamazoo group began a petition drive Tuesday to put thecity's new gay rights ordinance before voters.
The Kalamazoo City Commission voted unanimously to adopt ananti-discrimination ordinance Monday night.
It will prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgendered people when it comes to hiring, housing and otheraccommodations. The ordinance goes into effect in July.
The Kalamazoo Citizens Voting No to Special RightsDiscrimination group issued a press release stating the ordinanceis an issue of discrimination.
"Whenever a particular class is enumerated for specialprotection, others are discriminated against," the release states."The Constitution and the Civil Rights Act already provide for theprotection of every individual from discrimination by others."
The group believes the gay community has been singled out forspecial protection and rights over other groups.
The city manager will be in charge of the ordinance'senforcement,
Ten months after a fire killed three of her children, a Kalamazoo mother is heading to court Wednesday morning to find out if she will keep custody of her surviving child.
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