East Grand Rapids may add sexual orientation, gender identity to non-discrimination ordinance

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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — A city in western Michigan may add sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment.

City leaders in East Grand Rapids on Monday supported the amendment and a March 16 second reading is planned where it could be approved.

Mayor Amna Seibold says it "will ensure there is no discrimination."

East Grand Rapids leaders expressed disappointment that state lawmakers failed to pass legislation on the issue. Part of the proposed ordinance was modeled after similar measures in other Michigan cities.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has called for legislative discussion to amend the state's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and places open to the public, but bills died last session.

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