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Kalamazoo vote on nondiscrimination ordinance a 'victory for fairness'

Date: 
November 03, 2009

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"This marks an important victory for Kalamazoo, where voters have affirmed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are part of the fundamental social fabric of the city, which now joins nearly 20 other cities in Michigan that have enacted nondiscrimination ordinances."
— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 — Voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., have passed Ordinance 1856, which bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accommodations, according to unofficial results. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force contributed to today's victory through staff and financial support provided to One Kalamazoo, the locally-driven, grassroots campaign that defended the nondiscrimination protections. The Task Force Action Fund supported One Kalamazoo with a $10,000 contribution and dispatched Task Force organizers to work on the field operations, including an organizer who served as the field director. The Task Force organized the Kalamazoo Power Summit that trained local leaders in grassroots organizing, and provided ongoing advice and consultation to the One Kalamazoo campaign.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"This marks an important victory for Kalamazoo, where voters have affirmed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are part of the fundamental social fabric of the city, which now joins nearly 20 other cities in Michigan that have enacted nondiscrimination ordinances. In affirming fairness, voters also rejected a reprehensible right-wing campaign grounded in lies and fear-mongering.

"Congratulations to One Kalamazoo and all the volunteers who ran a strong and successful campaign. One Kalamazoo's leadership has led to a victory that creates a stronger and more welcoming city for everyone. We thank all those who stood for fairness today."

Statement by Jon Hoadley, Campaign Manager
One Kalamazoo

"With a resounding 'yes,' today Kalamazoo stood for fairness and equality. Now Kalamazoo residents will not have to live in fear of being fired from their jobs, denied housing, or discriminated against in public accommodations, simply for being who they are. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's training, expertise, financial contributions and full-time, on-the-ground staff were a valuable part of our grassroots campaign."


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