Holland, Michigan adopts anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ, others

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08/20/2020

After a seven-hour meeting that went into the night and included several hours of impassioned public comment, Holland City Council voted 8-1 early Thursday morning to approve an ordinance protecting LGBTQ individuals, among others, from discrimination. The new local law expands the city’s existing protections against discrimination in housing on the basis of age, race, national origin, color and other attributes. Under the newly passed ordinance, in the areas of housing, employment, public services and public accommodation people may not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, color, disability, education, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, height, marital status, religion, source of income or weight. It was, for some in the Holland community, an emotional revisiting of a similar debate over LGBTQ rights that took place nine years ago, when the Holland City Council rejected a proposal to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

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