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Holland City Council Puts Anti-Gay Discrimination Issue on Meeting Agenda


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC News) - It is an issue that apparently just won’t to go away.

After hearing a number of opinions both pro and con, the Holland City Council last night instructed City Attorney Andrew Mulder to draw up a proposed amendment that would, if passed, extend the city’s non-discrimination ordinance and equal employment opportunity policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. No conclusions were to be drawn from the work-study session, as council will place the matter on the agenda for next Wednesday’s business meeting, where they will decide whether to accept the city’s Human Relations Commission recommendation to approve such an amendment. If accepted, “readings” in two separate business meetings would then ensue before a final vote would be taken.

The ordinance’s biggest backer is Bill Freeman, a one-time Grand Rapids broadcast personality who moved to the Lakeshore two years ago to become the Chaplain of the Interfaith Congregation. He initially brought the matter up to Council in May of 2010, and criticized the panel for dragging its heels on the issue after the HRC’s recommendation made in late March was tabled as Council was dealing first with devising a new spending plan for fiscal 2012.