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RO Business Leaders Say YES To Proposal A
BTL Staff Report
Originally printed 9/26/2013 (Issue 2139 - Between The Lines News)
ROYAL OAK - Thirty-five business leaders in the City of Royal Oak announced Sept. 24 that they urge citizens to vote YES on A, the proposal to uphold the Royal Oak Human Rights Ordinance.
"It's beyond belief that in 2013, right here in Royal Oak, it is legal to fire someone from their job or deny them housing just because they are gay or transgender. It's not right and it's not Royal Oak," said Laura Harrison, owner of The Ladybug Shoppe.
A recent poll conducted by Small Business Majority reports 61 percent of small business owners in Michigan believe Michigan should have a law prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender people, and 54 percent of small business owners think nondiscrimination laws boost the bottom line by attracting and retaining talent to the area.
The Royal Oak City Commission voted six to one March 4 to adopt an inclusive human rights ordinance. Opponents gathered enough signatures to force the ordinance to a public vote Nov. 5.
Since the city commission passed the human rights ordinance, six other municipalities in Michigan have adopted local nondiscrimination ordinances including Battle Creek, Kalamazoo Township, and Pleasant Ridge.
"The economic centers around Michigan like Grand Rapids, Detroit, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor already have these ordinances on the books. East Lansing has had an ordinance for over 40 years. It's time for Royal Oak to do the right thing and vote Yes on Proposal A," said Greg Reyner, proprietor of Cafe Muse based in Royal Oak. "I want the place I do business to be one where everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law."
"Keeping the Human Rights Ordinance in place is one small, but important tool in bringing our downtown to a healthy, vibrant blend," said Gary Baglio, owner of FIVE15 Media Mojo and member of the Downtown Royal Oak Task Force. "It is for this reason I ask you to vote in favor of keeping the human rights ordinance in place."
Leaders from these businesses support the YES on Prop A Campaign:
Bingo Pet Salon
Blu Jeans Bar, LLC
Changez Salon & Spa
Cloverleaf Fine Wine
Five 15 Media Mojo & More
Ice Pix Boutique
Lift Designer Toys & Gallery
Lost & Found Vintage
Metals in Time
Mobcu Phone & Computer Repair
Oak Commercial Properties, LLC
Polished by Chrome
Rasor Law Firm
Rock on Third
Sands Barber Shop
Stephen Fleck MA, LLP Counseling
That Girl Clothing Resale
The Aquarium Shop
The Inn Place
The Ladybug Shoppe
Full Small Business Majority poll available at: http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/downloads/060413-MI-workplace-nondiscrimination-poll-report.pdf.
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation go to http://www.oneroyaloak.org
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