In early February of this year, the City Council in Jackson, Michigan approved a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
It’s essentially a move that extends basic civil rights provided to most Michiganders under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to Michigan citizens in the LGBTQ community.
The vote was 5-2.
The move outraged some Jackson residents and, supported by clergy in local Catholic churches including Father Tim Nelson of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, a group of them set out to put the issue of civil rights for the LGBTQ community up for a vote in the next election.
Opposition to the NDO is ironically being pitched by people like Fr. Nelson and Fr. Tim MacDonald of Queens as a way to restore civil rights NON-LGBTQ people.
The petition drive was led by a man named Jeffrey Feahr who…