Southfield enacts LGBT protections
According to today’s Detroit Free Press, Southfield has enacted an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBTs very similar to what was made into law and subsequently repealed in Sterling Heights.
I have to wonder: what will the fallout be from this?
Can Southfield expect to see a petition drive to remove the law? Will there be a cadre of small-minded, pro-discrimination candidates for Mayor and City Council at the city’s next election? Will the churches rise up and demand the right to continue to discriminate?
Perhaps even more importantly, will the folks who did all of those things in Sterling Heights take their message and their mission over to Southfield? Will Paul Smith be making an appearance at that city’s council chambers?
I’m asking these things but I strongly suspect that none of the above will take place. I could be proven wrong, but my gut instinct tells me that without a disgraced ex-councilman to lead the charge in Southfield, there is little chance that the town will be embarrassed by a sudden materializing of its most Neolithic residents. People there will live and let live, and there will be little in the way of an organized effort to deny basic human rights for all of Southfield’s residents.
I could be wrong, though. If our local batch of crazies happens to ask you for directions to get to Southfield, do us all a favor:
Direct them to Ohio.