Last night the Delta Township Board of Trustees discussed and finalized their proposed non-discrimination ordinance. The Board has done a tremendous amount of work on this ordinance since the issue was first addressed at the May 13 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Every single member of the Board has combed through this ordinance and has thoughtfully and thoroughly discussed this issue. Supervisor Ken Fletcher, in his first public discussion of the ordinance during the inaugural One Capital Region press conference said, “As a leader here in Delta Township, it is my hope that we are all treated fairly and equally. Passing a non-discrimination ordinance that makes sure all of us — gay, straight, transgender — are protected.”
The Delta Township ordinance Intent section reads:
“It is the intent of the Township that no person be denied equal protection of the laws; nor shall any person be denied the enjoyment of his or her civil or political rights or be discriminated against because of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, physical or mental limitation, source of income, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.”
During the meeting, the Township attorney, Gordon Van Wieren, reviewed the changes that have been made to the ordinance and procedures. In his comments, Van Wieren said, “I really appreciate all the feedback. It’s clear that the Township board has taken this very seriously.”
He’s right. Trustee Jeff Hicks, also an attorney, carefully combed through the ordinance and made suggestions that ensured that the Township had dotted all of its i’s and crossed all of its t’s. The Board’s thorough discussions and careful consideration will likely make Delta Township’s ordinance a model for other municipalities to follow.
Trustee Howard Pizzo asked if the ordinance would be ready for introduction during the next full board meeting on Monday, September 16. Van Wieren quickly assured the Board that the few minor changes to the ordinance would be made by tomorrow.
Supervisor Fletcher stated that the Board will introduce the ordinance on September 16 for publication. This will give the public an opportunity to review the language of the ordinance. If there are no major concerns, the Board will adopt the ordinance on Monday, October 7.