Two weeks ago, the Lansing Township Board of Trustees began discussing non-discrimination protections. Trustee Diontrae Hayes sees the ordinance as a “way to be proactive…to make sure that all [of Lansing Township’s] residents feel protected.” Lansing Township would be following the lead of Delta and Meridian Township.
We here at One Capital Region are thrilled that the Lansing Township Board has started the conversation. We were a little concerned, however, to hear that most of the discussion on July 16 focused around whether the Township should actually pass an ordinance or if a resolution was sufficient. Let’s be clear, a non-discrimination resolution is a nice sentiment, but it’s just that…a sentiment.
An ordinance, similar to what Meridian Township just passed or what Delta Township is considering, is a law that gives people the option to seek relief when they face discrimination. A resolution, on the other hand, is non-binding, unenforceable, and will do nothing to protect the people who live, work, and play in Lansing Township.
A resolution will not help the couple who is denied a one-bedroom apartment simply because they’re both men. A resolution will not help the woman who is fired because she doesn’t fit her employer’s model of femininity. Nor will a resolution help the person who is denied service at a business simply because they’re perceived to be gay. A resolution may help Lansing Township’s residents feel protected but it’s a false sense of security.
Please join us at the Lansing Township Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. We plan to deliver public comment to thank the Board for taking up the issue of discrimination and urge them to pass an ordinance. RSVP for the meeting HERE.
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