Kalamazoo rescinds 6-week-old gay rights law under pressure from AFA

Posted on 14 Jan 2009 at 11:34am
By By the Associated Press

Official says city commissioner will consider revised law

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Six weeks after passing a gay rights law, the Kalamazoo City Commission has voted to rescind it.

The commission voted Dec. 1 to make it a civil offense in the city of 7,200 to discriminate in housing, public accommodations or employment based on sexual orientation or being transgender.

The American Family Association of Michigan submitted petitions with about 1,600 signatures seeking the law’s repeal. If officials found at least 1,273 signatures valid, the commission would have had to rescind the law or put it on the ballot.

AFA opposed the part of the law protecting transgenders

The commission voted 7-0 Monday night, Jan. 12, to rescind it.

Commissioner Stephanie Minor tells WWMT-TV the council will consider a revised gay rights law.

Information from: WWMT-TV, http://www.wwmt.com

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