Last night, June 4, Trustee Angela Wilson introduced the discussion of a Human Rights Ordinance in Meridian Township. This ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, and public services. In her introduction, Trustee Wilson stated,
“We recognize the need for a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance. Right now, in most municipalities, any one of our citizens can be fired from their job or refused employment. They can be denied rental housing. They can be denied loans or the opportunity to see an apartment…They can be denied services in restaurants…and can be asked to leave public accommodations….All of this just because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Fundamentally, that’s just wrong. Tonight’s discussion is about protecting every Meridian Township resident under our laws….It is about sending the message that it is safe to live and work in Meridian Township and that you are welcome here.”
The Trustees seemed to be in agreement that these types of protections were important and Treasurer Brixie suggested that one immediate move that the Township could make would be to amend their internal policies to prohibit discrimination.
The Trustees do still have some questions regarding language and enforcement within the ordinance but seem committed to the conversation and the work. The discussion is tentatively slated to continue at the next meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m.
- Contact the Meridian Township Board of Trustees and tell them you support this Human Rights Ordinance by clicking here.
- Send a Letter to the Editor of your local paper thanking the Meridian Township Trustees for talking about this important issue and urging them to continue working on it.
- Plan to attend the meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. RSVP here!