Whitmer, lawmakers to push anti-discrimination bill for LGBT community

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state lawmakers plan Tuesday to announce legislation that would amend Michigan’s main civil rights law to provide protection for gays, transgender people and others.

The proposed bills would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 in a bid to prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community when it comes to consideration for housing, public accommodations, employment and more.

Michigan Sen. Jeremy Moss, who is among the co-sponsors of the proposed legislation update, noted that LGBT residents can still be fired for their sexual orientation.

“People don’t realize we don’t have fundamental … protections,” he said, noting that ordinances addressing the issue in some communities across the state only offer “piecemeal” protections.


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