Ending Discrimination in Sterling Heights

POST BY Jay Kaplan LGBT Legal Project Staff Attorney
June 17, 2014

Today, Sterling Heights will vote on an ordinance that would protect its citizens from discrimination, banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, public accommodations, and housing.

You and I both know Sterling Heights is a diverse community, which respects the rights of all its residents. Now we have a chance to show it.

Sterling Heights would be the first city in Macomb County to pass an LGBT-inclusive ordinance.

Passing this ordinance is especially important, since Michigan's state civil rights act doesn't extend protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We know that an overwhelming majority of Michigan residents support updating our laws, and many communities across Michigan have already acted. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Are you a Sterling Heights resident? Make your voice heard and attend the meeting to urge councilmembers to vote in favor of equality.

Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
40555 Utica Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Can't make it to the meeting? Contact the mayor or council members and use the below script:
 

I am contacting you today as a concerned resident, asking you to support the non-discrimination ordinance being considered by the Sterling Heights City Council.

Sterling Heights is a diverse community where the rights of all its residents should be protected and I support this ordinance because it would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing for any reason, including sexual orientation or gender identity.

There are 35 municipalities across the state with similar anti-discrimination ordinances, and I urge you to make Sterling Heights the first in Macomb County to join the list. Thank you.


Mayor Richard J. Notte
(586) 726-8118
rnotte@sterling-heights.net

Mayor Pro Tem Michael C. Taylor
(586) 648-0008
mctaylor@sterling-heights.net

Councilwoman Deanna Koski
(586) 566-2388
dkoski@sterling-heights.net

Councilman Joseph V. Romano
(810) 499-5599
cityhall@sterling-heights.net

Councilwoman Maria G. Schmidt
(586) 264-9242
mgschmidt@sterling-heights.net

Councilman Doug Skrzyniarz
(586) 289-8788
doug@sterling-heights.net

Councilwoman Barbara A. Ziarko
(586) 939-0332
bziarko@sterling-heights.net

By Jay Kaplan, LGBT Project Staff Attorney


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