Jackson's new LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in jeopardy

Posted at 7:41 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 11:04:44-05

A new LGBT Non-Discrimination ordinance in Jackson could be squashed before it even goes into effect next month. A group made up of Catholic churches, business owners and Jackson residents are trying to stop it by circulating a new petition to get the issue on a ballot for voters to decide.

The group has to get 342 signatures before the ordinance goes into effect on March 9th to stall the ordinance and put it up for a vote on the August ballot. According to MLive, the group is confident it will get the required number of signatures.

The NDO was passed at a packed council meeting earlier this month. Vice Mayor Derek Dobies said the huge crowds attending the meetings on the ordinance proves there is a lot of support for it within the city. It protects anyone from being refused business, fired from their job, or denied housing based on their sexuality.