Michigan Legislators Introduce Bills to Modernize Anti-Discrimination Law

Equality Michigan LogoLANSING – Earlier this week, legislators in Michigan’s Senate and House of Representatives introduced updates to the 1976 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Polls show that voters in Michigan overwhelmingly support the effort, and numerous business and religious leaders have called for the legislation.

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.

Statement by Sommer Foster
Director of Political Advocacy, Equality Michigan

“Equality Michigan is pleased that the legislature is taking action to amend the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights act with a fully inclusive bill that protects Michiganders from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The business community and faith leaders have made clear that discrimination is not a Michigan value. It’s time to protect all of our citizens and to move Michigan forward.”

“LGBT people in Michigan have waited too long for this, and they deserve legislation which will actually help them. Which is why the LGBT communities will not support any legislation which does not include both sexual orientation and gender identity, and why inserting licenses to discriminate into the bill will not be tolerated. It is not just a matter of including all members of the LGBT community, the reality is an increasing amount of discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people is based on their gender identity. The people suffering from discrimination everyday cannot afford to wait or be excited about compromise bills that will not deliver the results they promise. The safety and financial security of our fellow Michiganders is not something to compromise on.”

Equality Michigan encourages people in Michigan supporting the bills to take action and contact their legislators: http://eqmi.us/elcra14 and show their support by sharing that link and using the hashtag #ELCRAforAll on social media.

Equality Michigan