Groups that support adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they’re confident state lawmakers will act this year. That’s despite some recent setbacks.
State House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, says he wants to make sure the measure doesn’t infringe on religious liberties. And people working closely on the issue say some Republican lawmakers don’t want to include transgender people in the legislation.
ACLU of Michigan Director Kary Moss appeared this week on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record. She says the business groups pushing for the measure do not have any interest in removing gender identity from the legislation.
“There’s not been debate in the business coalition,” said Moss. “All the members of the coalition agreed to support including both sexual orientation and gender identity. And I think too much has been made of the opinions of a few people who have been concerned about it.”
She said supporters’ focus is squarely on getting the measure passed during the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December.
“The business community has come together in an unprecedented way. I think that’s created a lot of momentum. I think we’ve had a lot of Republicans who have indicated that the time is now and right and they’re supportive of it.”
Under current state law, people can be fired, denied employment, or denied housing because they are gay or transgender.
Democrats in Lansing have introduced legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law.
Legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after 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.
Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.
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State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)
The Legislature’s Republican leaders say they think the state’s civil rights law can be updated to cover lesbian, gay, and transgender people before the end of the year. Last week, Governor Rick Snyder called on the Legislature to take up the question.
Governor Rick Snyder says he wants the Legislature to add protections for lesbians, gays, and transgender people to the state’s civil rights law.
Some major Michigan businesses are urging lawmakers to add protections for LGBT residents to the state’s civil rights law. But that doesn’t seem to be changing Republican leaders’ tune on the issue.
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