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Battle Creek takes up LGBT amendment on Tuesday


BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- Last month Kalamazoo Township approved an amendment adding gays to their non-discrimination ordinance and this week the Oshtemo Township Board did the same.

Next Tuesday, the Battle Creek City Commission will consider a similar measure.

Jon Hoadley, a statewide organizer with Unity Michigan says it was tough to get the first few passed. It took nearly a year in Kalamazoo, after the Commission approved it, opponents collected signatures to force a citywide vote, and it then passed.

He says it’s gotten easier since.

Long term the goal is to get the state legislature to add such a provision to the state’s Elliott Larson Civil Rights act and perhaps get something on the ballot to reverse the state’s ban on gay marriage.

But for now he says they are happy to help communities provide these basic protections. 

It appears the votes are there to approve the amendment next week in Battle Creek.