Oct. 22 2013 12:00 AM

Delta Township passes non-discrimination ordinance, joining dozens of other jurisdictions across the state

Tuesday, Oct. 22 — The Delta Township Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an ordinance Monday night preventing discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The unanimous vote came in front of a capacity crowd at the meeting, WLNS-TV reports, and two weeks after opponents successfully delayed a vote on the ordinance. Some opponents were still in attendance at Monday’s meeting, WLNS reported.

“I believe we have a moral obligation to act,” Township Supervisor Kenneth Fletcher said in support of the ordinance, according to WLNS.

Delta Township joins Delhi Township in recently adopting such an ordinance that’s been hailed by LGBT-rights advocacy groups. East Lansing and Lansing already have similar legislation on the books.

A group called One Capital Region is working to get similar laws passed elsewhere in the area and is active in efforts going on in Meridian Township. The group reports that Delta Township became the 29th jurisdiction in the state with such protections.