ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – At the Northwood Elementary School in Royal Oak, it was a busy election morning with more than 150 voters before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
WWJ’s Marie Osbourne reports that every person she spoke with said they voted for Proposal A — a human rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on criteria such as race, weight, gender identity or sexual orientation.
“How can you not vote for human rights,” asked one woman. “It’s a fundamental value for all of us … so I voted yes – and I hope my neighbors did too.”
“I voted for Proposal A because I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to support a city that has protections for people of all gender identies, sexual orientations, race, religion and I know Proposal A is just about fairness and equality even though it may challenge other people’s views,” said one woman who had just finished voting.
Opponents claim Proposal A is discriminatory because it gives special protection to certain groups.