Supporters of adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they have enough votes in the Legislature to pass a bill before the end of the year. But they say that’s only if Republican leaders take up a version of the bill that includes protections for gender identity. Read more
By Jake Neher
The state Legislature returns Tuesday after a two month summer break.
Republican leaders still have some big priorities to accomplish before the end of the year. None are bigger than finding a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
But it looks like that and other major bills will have to wait until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December. Top lawmakers say they do notexpect many major votes between now and the November election.
The list of groups calling on state lawmakers to pass protections for LGBT people is growing. Organizations representing Michigan college, university, and school officials now say they support the measure.
Royal Oak is the 30th Michigan community to adopt an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Read more
The State of Michigan is celebrating a milestone this year. Half a century ago, the state became the first in the nation to establish a Civil Rights Commission. Read more