An unanimous Kalamazoo City Commission voted Monday to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The ordinance makes it illegal to use sexual orientation to discriminate in the areas of housing, public accommodations and employment.

Kalamazoo, population 77,000, joins 15 other Michigan cities in passing such legislation.

The Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality, a group that works for GLBT rights in and around the city, had pushed for the legislation.

“A bold move whose time has come,” said Terry Kuseske, a KAFE spokesman and chairman of the Kalamazoo Planning Commission.

The city of Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University and several well-known corporations, Pfizer and Eaton Corporation included.

The ordinance also requires businesses conducting business with the city to show proof of having a non-discriminatory sexual orientation policy.

An offense carries a fine of not more than $500. Churches and individuals renting out a portion of their own residence are exempted.