Non-Discrimination Ordinance Up For Final Approval By St. Joe City Commission

A non-discrimination ordinance with specific protections for the LGBTQ community is on the agenda for final approval tonight by the St. Joseph City Commission. Slight changes have been made since the first reading of the NDO two weeks ago. If approved, which is expected, the city will become the 45th local government in the state to enact such an ordinance as state lawmakers have been reluctant for decades to expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The OutCenter is hopeful the new St. Joseph ordinance will spur other local governments in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties to enact similar measures.