Lansing—State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) issued the following statement after introducing bills Wednesday that would update Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is about protecting our citizens and their families from being fired from a job or being denied housing because of whom they are or who they love. In addition to this being a matter of basic fairness and equality that enjoys widespread public support, it is also an economic imperative and an important step in making our state a vital and vibrant location as we recruit the top talent and businesses from around the globe.”