Livonia City Council rejects proposed ordinance for its LGBTQ+ members

Council members rejected non-discrimination ordinance in 5-2 vote

Livonia City Council rejects proposed ordinance for its LGBTQ+ members

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Livonia City Council rejected a proposed ordinance to extend protections for its LGBTQ+ members.

Although there are already state and federal protections in place for the LGBTQ community, a Livonia ordinance would specifically outline the process of dealing with discrimination issues at the city level.

In a 5-2 vote, the council members rejected the non-discrimination ordinance that would extend protections for the LGBTQ+ community in real estate transactions, housing, employment, and public accommodations citywide.

Council members debated the issue before putting it to a vote.

“We’re going to tell our residents that we are an arms-wide open community by updating an ordinance that hasn’t been touched since 1979,” said council member Brandon McCullough.

Other members expressed their concerns with the ordinance.

“When I asked whether it can be used to go after a church-operated nursing home to hire leaders consistent with its mission, I was told it probably could, and I have a major problem with that,” said council member Scott Bahr.

Community members also spoke passionately on the issue during the public comment portion of the meeting.

“People are leaving our city because we do not have these protections,” said State Representative Laurie Pohutsky.

Other residents spoke out against it.

“An adjustment to the ordinance is unwarranted and would not have an impact on rude behavior,” said Ellen Cane.

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Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.