For Immediate Release
April 11, 2017
Contact: Nathan Triplett
Director of Public Policy and Political Action
VICTORY FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS IN JACKSON
END OF COURT CHALLENGE MAKES EQUALITY THE LAW
JACKSON, MI, April 11, 2017 — Today, Jackson Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson ruled to accept a consent order between Jackson Together and the City of Jackson that finally allows the city’s nondiscrimination order to take affect. As of today, April 11, 2017, anti-LGBTQ discrimination is no longer legal in Jackson. Jackson joins over 40 other cities across Michigan that have steadily modernized their laws to protect all citizens over the past 50 years.
“For nearly 20 years, the people of Jackson have been asking their elected officials to outlaw discrimination against the LGBTQ community, and they have finally been heard,” stated Stephanie White, executive director of Equality Michigan, the state LGBTQ rights organization. “Equality Michigan feels incredibly lucky to be able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Jackson Together to help support their long-time efforts and the people of Jackson are lucky to have such heroic and dogged activists fighting for their rights.”
After hearing from Jackson Together attorney John Pirich and Jackson City Attorney Bethany Vujov, Judge Wilson approved the Stipulation and Order proposed by Jackson Together and approved by the Jackson City Council in a special session held Friday, April 7.
Among other things, the order stipulates that the petitions violated state and local election law and that the City Clerk’s certification of the petitions was invalid. It orders that the NDO not be suspended and that it takes immediate effect. The order was signed and entered immediately after the hearing.
Jackson Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson also denied anti-LGBTQ attorney David Kallman’s request to appear on behalf of Jackson City Clerk Andrew Wrozek. EQMI has encountered Kallman in the past during NDO efforts. Most recently in 2013 during the One Capitol Region campaign to pass NDOs in Delta, Meridian, and Delhi Townships.
The case was dismissed with prejudice, thereby preventing any further action on this case.
Equality Michigan and Equality Michigan Action Network is a statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization working for Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. We work to achieve full equality and respect for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.