Join the Movement to Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination in Michigan
Add your name to join a growing coalition of citizens and business leaders to protect LGBTQ Michiganders
by GLAAD | 1.30.20
Every Michigander should have an equal chance to succeed. No one should fear losing their job or being denied services or housing because of who they are or who they love. Our goal is to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan.
Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act already protects other Michiganders based on ten factors including religion, race, sex, national origin, age, and more. It’s past time to amend the civil rights law to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
A statewide survey shows that 77.5% of Michigan voters support legislation to amend the state’s civil rights law to protect LGBTQ people.
It’s time to act. Add your name to join the movement today.
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Citizen Initiative Would Prevent LGBTQ Discrimination in Michigan
LANSING — A growing committee of Michigan citizens submitted petition language today to the Board of State Canvassers seeking to initiate legislation amending the state’s current civil rights law — the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act. The proposed initiative would clarify that the Act’s existing prohibitions on discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of civil rights prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The petition submitted today by Fair and Equal Michigan, a Michigan ballot question committee, starts the process to amend the Act.
Non-partisan Michigan pollster Richard Czuba conducted a statewide survey of 600 registered voters that shows 77.5 percent of likely 2020 Michigan General Election voters support legislation to amend the state’s civil rights law to protect LGBTQ people (66 percent strongly support). Conversely, 16.5 percent do not support. By a margin of 77-17 percent, voters say they would support a citizen initiative to bypass the legislature and put the issue to a vote of the people — including 75 percent of leaning GOP voters and 66 percent of strong Republican voters.
The Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act was passed in 1976 to prohibit discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status.
The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign is the next evolution of Michigan’s support for the LGBTQ community. Until 2018, Michigan had barred the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from taking calls reporting discrimination to their hotline. The Commission now is reviewing cases of reported discrimination. Meanwhile, Equality Michigan’s hotline reported 1,000+ calls for help in the past four years.
Once the petition is approved by the Board of State Canvassers, Fair and Equal Michigan has until May 27, 2020, to submit petitions including the signatures of at least 340,047 Michigan voters. Once enough valid signatures are submitted, the Michigan Legislature will have 40 days to adopt the proposed amendments to the Act without change. If the Legislature does not Act, or rejects the proposal, it is submitted to Michigan voters for approval at the November 3, 2020, General Election. According to research by the non-partisan Glengariff Group, 77 percent of voters support the measure.
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