The Kalamazoo City Commission must decide Monday night whether to permanently rescind the ordinance or put it on the Nov. 3 ballot for city voters to decide its future.
According to Borling, 1,624 of the 2,073 signatures submitted Wednesday by the anti-ordinance group Kalamazoo Citizens Voting No to Special Rights Discrimination were ruled valid after they were checked against current city voter registration records. The group needed 1,273 valid signatures.
The Kalamazoo City Charter requires a city ordinance that is successfully challenged by referendum petitions to be immediately suspended. In addition, the commission is mandated to act at its next regularly scheduled meeting to either rescind the ordinance or send the matter to voters.
Commissioners will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers on the second floor of Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W. South St.
The ordinance, advocated by local gay-rights group Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality, made it a city violation to discriminate against persons who are gay, lesbian or transgender in matters of employment, housing and access to public accommodations.
The provisions went into effect July 9.
City officials reported no complaints had been filed under the local law before it ended late Thursday when the petitions were certified.