UPDATE: Jackson Council passes first reading of non-discrimination policy

UPDATE 11:54 p.m.- The Jackson city council has passed the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote came after hours of public comment.

Tuesday night’s meeting was originally supposed to begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, but was moved to the Michigan Theater and delayed to 8:00 p.m. after hundreds of residents showed up.

The council’s vote means the ordinance’s final adoption will be up for consideration at a council meeting in February.

JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – The Jackson city council will vote tonight on an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

It’s something the council has been considering for 15 years.

The ordinance makes discrimination in employment, public housing and public accommodations a civil infraction.

The meeting begins at 6:30 tonight.

If it passes the ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

45 communities in Michigan, including Lansing, have variations of non-discrimination policies.

6 News will be at tonight’s meeting and will update this story online and on 6 News.

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