LANSING — Southfield City Council voted Monday to adopt a human rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinance was first introduced by State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) a year ago during his tenure as a Southfield City Councilman.
“I’m proud of the members of the Southfield City Council who voted to protect the LGBT community within the city’s borders,” Moss said. “While efforts have stalled on the state level to prohibit discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, Southfield stands out as an inclusive and diverse city that welcomes the economic potential that a human rights ordinance brings.”
Moss also commended Gov. Rick Snyder’s call during last week’s State of the State address for the Legislature to continue discussions on expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and prohibiting LGBT discrimination statewide.
“I agree with the governor that the discussion of expanding Elliott-Larsen must continue. His tempered remarks, however, must lead to legislative action,” Moss said. “LGBT residents in one of Oakland County’s largest cities and LGBT workers in one of metro Detroit’s most significant business hubs are now protected by Southfield’s human rights ordinance. The work won’t be done until all Michigan residents can live and work in every community with the same legal protections.”