Traverse City Non-Discrimination Ordinance Question (November 2011)

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A Traverse City Non-Discrimination Ordinance Question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Traverse which is in Grand Traverse County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 2,788 (62.91%)Approveda
  • NO 1,644 (37.09%)[1]

This measure sought approval of the non-discriminatory ordinance which the city council approved. Opponents to the ordinance were able to collect enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot for voter approval. Opponents to the measure noted that this ordinance would give unfair treatment to gays, it would drive away business from the city and could lead to persecution of people based on religious beliefs. While the Mayor noted that it was never bad to let the people have their say on issues, he noted that although opponents had voiced their opposition and fears when the ordinance was first implemented, none of their predictions have yet come about.[2] The Record Eagle had given its support behind this measure, noting that those who are against discrimination are encouraged to vote in favor. Also noting that none of the predictions made by opponents had been seen in the city.[3]