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Royal Oak commission adopts human rights ordinance




 

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit suburb of Royal Oak is the latest Michigan community to adopt a human rights ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and a number of other factors.

The Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/XPJa6D ) the City Commission passed the measure 6-1. Monday's decision came about 12 years after voters defeated a similar measure.

The ordinance covers housing, employment and public accommodations. Mayor Jim Ellison says it's "the right time and the right place."

The ordinance takes effect this month. It make it illegal to discriminate based on 16 factors, including age, height, weight, condition of pregnancy, gender identity and HIV status. Violations will be a civil infraction punishable by a fine up to $500.

A number of other Michigan communities have similar protections.



 


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