SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A proposed ordinance in Saginaw would guarantee city residents and visitors equal treatment in employment and public accommodations, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Saginaw News reports ( ) that City Councilwoman Annie Boensch says she hopes to stand up for those who lack protection against discrimination.

The proposed ordinance was expected to be discussed Monday before Saginaw City Council. It could be considered for approval later this month. It would seek to ban discrimination based on a person's "actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation or gender identity."

Violations would be considered civil infractions with up to $500 fines. Some other Michigan communities have similar gay rights measures.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, says his group considers such "ordinances to be, themselves, discriminatory."