Kalamazoo Gazette says Vote Yes: “Either we are all equal, or we are not.”

Yesterday, the Kalamazoo Gazette editorialized strongly in favor of equality, urging its readers to vote yes on the non-discrimination ordinance next Tuesday:

The ordinance will not create more gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people; they already are here, and they share our restrooms every day without incident. In fact, it is more likely, statistically speaking, that people who are gay will be attacked or harassed by heterosexuals than the other way around.

Seven cities and one township in Michigan already have similar ordinances on the books, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which tracks such things. They are Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Huntington Woods, Saugatuck and Ypsilanti, plus Saugatuck Township.

Like people in those communities, we believe there is much for our community to gain by passing the amended Ordinance 1856 as proposed. Together, we can send the message that Kalamazoo is open, inclusive and values equality enough to say that our city will not discriminate against anyone. Vote “Yes” to pass this ordinance.

One Kalamazoo is leading the campaign to pass the non-discrimination ordinance.

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