Derek Dobies was instrumental in the introduction and passage of a Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Jackson earlier this year. No one we know of is not opposed to discrimination for any reason within normally respected bounds. Those boundaries go up when government tries to force citizens with deeply held religious beliefs to violate those beliefs. The NDO pushed through by Dobies added special protections to Lesbians, Gays, Transgenders and people who "feel" like the opposite gender for a day or a week. Transgenderism is a real medical condition brought about by a defect in the functioning of certain specific glands/organs which can result in a person feeling they are trapped in the wrong gender body. These people need medical help just like folks suffering other medical conditions. They should not be discriminated against. There are however, people who choose to use these protections as a cover for perversions. The NDO makes no provisions to protect the rights of people who see through this smokescreen.
Derek Dobies, an early advocate for LGBT rights in Jackson, is the current Vice Mayor of the City of Jackson, City Councilman for Ward 6 since 2011, and has served as Secretary and Commissioner to the city's Human Relations Commission - a body that had attempted to pass a Non Discrimination Ordinance in the city for nearly two decades. Dobies, joined Unity Michigan's L.E.A.D. - Local Electeds Against Discrimination and was on the ground early in Jackson with Equality Michigan, organizing Jackson Together to submit and advocate for passage of a Non-Discrimination Ordinance both in 2012 and 2014. Though both attempts came up short, Dobies helped pass a resolution in 2014 in support of the Michigan legislature to amend the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Most importantly, Dobies authored and spearheaded the final passage of Jackson's Non-Discrimination Ordinance earlier this year - making Jackson the 42nd community in Michigan with such protections. He worked with Equality Michigan, Jackson Together, and local allies in defeating a referendum attempt and subsequent lawsuit over petition irregularities. The story and the events surrounding their six-month fight received local, state and national attention. Since passage, Dobies participated in opening up the city's first Pride Center and keynoted its first Pride Festival. Derek has been a steadfast leader in advancing LGBT rights, proving that change can be made with bold compassionate leadership from our cities.
Derek Dobies wrote/compiled the NDO which went through several revision with the Jackson City Attorney providing support and input. Consumers Energy CEO Poppe jumped on the NDO bandwagon when she was elevated to her current position. She and many others who advocate so strongly for support of the LBGTQW "community" loudly proclaim that the NDO protections are needed so businesses can attract LBGTQW residents and workers as if they represent a new beginning for Jackson. The NDO pushed through by Dobies and City Attorney Vujnov is the manifestation of the totalitarian approach to government. Gone are the protections normally afford an accused under our constitution. An "offended" party can file a complaint with the Human Relations Commission (HRC) which will make public the accusation before any adjudication of guilt or innocence. The complaint, after HRC investigation and review (by individuals with no experience or qualification to review anything Response to FOIA Question: 3. The resumes and qualifications of those HRC personnel who will be contacting complainants and asking further questions (investigation)) will be passed to the city council which will again make it public in a further attempt to humiliate an accused without benefit of the right to a defense. This is the deterrent effect of a Scarlet Letter or the public denunciations so familiar under the Nazi's and the Soviet and Chinese Communist forms of government. The intent is to force conformance to the dictates of city government. If by chance the accused chooses to try and defend themselves against false accusations. the City Attorney who was involved in the preparation and support of the NDO, will act as prosecutor, judge and jury in pursuing a "civil infraction" against the accused which can include a fine of up to $500 per day again determined by the City Attorney. No right of appeal is provided for in the ordinance, meaning an accused, who wants to defend themselves in a real court of law, will have to file an action in circuit court for an injunction to block the process. This is the liberal-fascist way of upholding the constitution and the rule of law.
Derek Dobies is a political animal who's quest for power is unlimited. He, like many liberals, see the "common folk" (you and I) as too ignorant to participate meaningfully in the essential political debate which is the core of our system of government. The NDO was pushed through by Dobies to gain name recognition and an army of gay supporters who will come from all over the state to support their boy. And, all to aid in his future political aspirations at the expense of the majority of citizens of Jackson.