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Three Michigan cities will vote to change use of gendered pronouns

LA Johnson

Voters in at least three cities will decide whether to change the use of gendered pronouns in their city charger.

When many cities’ charters were first written, decades ago, they simply used he or him for all or most of the pronouns.

Some cities, like Detroit, then changed the charter to include both masculine and feminine pronounces, so they read “he or she” or “him and her.”

But Tuesday, voters in Grand Haven and Muskegon will decide if gendered pronouns should be eliminated completely in their charters. Instead of he or she, the charters will say “they.”

Auburn Hills also has gendered pronouns on the ballot. But the proposal there wouldn’t replace the pronouns in the charter. Instead, voters will decide whether to amend one section of the charter, and have it say that all gendered pronouns should be read as being gender neutral.

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public's West Michigan bureau.