MI Senate Approves Statewide LGBTQ Protections

Michigan Bridge reports:

LGBTQ people would be explicitly protected by Michigan’s anti-discrimination law under legislation passed in the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. In what supporters called a historic moment, Senate Bill 4 — which would expand the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity — passed the Senate by a 23-15 vote Wednesday morning, with three Republicans joining the 20 Senate Democrats.

“Today I’m running through the tape, but this baton has been passed on from generation to generation of LGBTQ activists,” Sen. Jeremy Moss, the bill’s sponsor and Michigan’s first openly gay state senator, said. Efforts to amend the legislation to add religious orientation, religious identity and religious expression as additional protected classes failed on the floor. Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, said business owners and other religious people “should not be forced to do things against our will.”

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