The surge of phone calls and mailings and press releases has begun, hoping to take advantage of the fact that the Absentee Ballots are reaching voters.
Reflecting that surge, this page contains a press release and language pulled from competing websites, as well as voting advice for those who want either to approve or to defeat the HRO.
The basic positions in their words
The ordinance will provide protection in employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of real or perceived ethnicity, religion, color, sex, age, height, weight, pregnancy condition, marital status, physical and mental limitations, source of income, family responsibilities, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status. Our mission is to show support for this ordinance and promote fairness and equality throughout the community by actively engaging and educating the people of Royal Oak to vote YES on November 5th.
One Royal Oak is a non-profit organization working to pass the human rights ordinance to ensure that the community remains open and welcoming to all people regardless of their differences.
If you believe in fairness and equality, please join us and vote YES!
We urge the citizens of Royal Oak to vote AGAINST the discriminatory Proposal A, and keep our city the open, tolerant, and diverse community that it already is.
Proposal A is a city ordinance that extends special rights to select groups while depriving others of their constitutional rights, including freedom of religion, freedom of association, and privacy. If passed, its costly regulations will drag Royal Oak citizens and business owners into courts or unaccountable “review panels.” Tax-paying businesses and property owners will be driven outside the city limits.
Six members of the Royal Oak City Commission, including the mayor, tried to force this unjust ordinance upon the city without a vote by the people. Thanks to a petition drive by concerned citizens, the ordinance will be on November's ballot, and the democratic process is back in the hands of the people.
Vote AGAINST the unjust Proposal A—for a Just Royal Oak!
Frank Versagi is the editor of Versagi Voice.