Equality Michigan Responds to Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s Passage Out of House Committee

Equality Michigan LogoLANSING – Earlier today, the Michigan House of Representatives House Judiciary Committee voted to send House Speaker Bolger’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act for a vote before the Michigan House of Representatives.

Equality Michigan, the statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization serving Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV affected communities, supports victims of anti-LGBT discrimination in Michigan. The group has been working to modernize Michigan’s anti-discrimination laws for over twenty years and is opposed to passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Statement by Emily Dievendorf
Executive Director Director, Equality Michigan

“House Bill 5959, the so-called ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’, is unnecessary, and Michigan citizens don’t want to see it become a reality. Religious leaders and victim advocates agree, if this bill becomes law, it will provide licenses to discriminate to people who decide that anti-discrimination laws, child abuse laws, and domestic violence laws do not apply to them. No Michigander should be denied access to services by government officials, turned away from a business, or evicted from their home, just because of who they are.”

“We join our friends in the faith community in calling on Speaker Bolger to shift his focus from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to legislation like House Bill 5804 that has the potential to deliver on their promises and actually help communities in need in Michigan.”