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Human rights referendum headed for November ballot

Residents of the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak are expected to vote in November on a human rights ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and a number of other factors.

Monday night's 7-0 vote by the Royal Oak City Commission came after a petition drive blocked the ordinance from going into effect.

The City Commission approved the human rights ordinance on a 6-1 vote March 4. Resident Fred Birchard later submitted petitions with enough signatures seeking repeal of the law, leaving the commission to decide whether to repeal it or let voters decide.

The law wouldn't take effect until after the vote.

Birchard led a successful 2001 campaign to block a similar law. Public acceptance of gay rights has grown since then.

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