Laws & Legislature

Equality Michigan Action Network engages, educates, and moves political leaders and voters to take action on the issues that matter most to LGBTQ Michiganders. We provide policy expertise, political acumen, and broad-based relationships across the political spectrum to propel our mission: To achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Legislation

Every year, Equality Michigan Action Network monitors LGBTQ+ related legislation introduced in the Michigan Legislature and advocates on behalf of Michigan’s LGBTQ+ community. We work to support pro-equality legislation and to oppose bills that move us backward.

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Current Bill Tracker

We are actively monitoring the following bills in the Michigan Legislature (bills in GREEN will progress LGBTQ+ equality in our state, bills in RED are problematic and unjustly target the LGBTQ+ community):

HB4706: Children: adoption; objection to participation in placements and adoptions by a child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; prohibit. Repeals secs. 14e & 14f of 1973 PA 116 (MCL 722.124e & 722.124f). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4708’21, HB 4707’21

HB4707: Children: adoption; actions against child placing agencies for refusal to participate based on religious or moral convictions; allow for. Repeals sec. 5a of 1939 PA 280 (MCL 400.5a). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4706’21, HB 4708’21

HB4708SE: Children: adoption; objection to placements by child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; prohibit. Repeals sec. 23g, ch. X of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.23g). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4706’21, HB 4707’21

SB0384: Children: adoption; objection to participation in placements and adoptions by a child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; prohibit. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0385’21, SB 0386’21

SB0385: Children: adoption; objection to placements by child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; prohibit. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0384’21, SB 0386’21

SB0386: Children: adoption; actions against child placing agencies for refusal to participate based on religious or moral convictions; allow for. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0384’21, SB 0385’21
HB4556: Civil rights: sexual orientation discrimination; definition of ethnic intimidation; expand to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Amends sec. 147b of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.147b).”

SB0208: Civil rights: general discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; include as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen civil rights act. Amends title & secs. 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 302, 302a, 402, 502, 504, 505 & 506 of 1976 PA 453 (MCL 37.2102 et seq.).

HB4297: Civil rights: general discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; include as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen civil rights act. Amends title and secs. 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 302, 302a, 402, 502, 504, 505 & 506 of 1976 PA 453 (MCL 37.2102 et seq.).

HB5349: Civil rights: employment discrimination; equal pay for substantially similar work; require. Amends sec. 202 of 1976 PA 453 (MCL 37.2202) and includes SOGI.
HB4651: Mental health: children; conversion therapy; prohibit. Amends 1974 PA 258 (MCL 330.1001 – 330.2106) by adding sec. 901a.

SB0367: Mental health: children; conversion therapy; prohibit. Amends 1974 PA 258 (MCL 330.1001 – 330.2106) by adding sec. 901a.
HB 5590: Criminal procedure: defenses; sexual orientation or gender identity of a victim as a defense to a crime; prohibit. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 – 777.69) by adding sec. 21d to ch. VIII.

SB:0763: Criminal procedure: defenses; sexual orientation or gender identity of a victim as a defense to a crime; prohibit. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 – 777.69) by adding sec. 21d, ch. VIII.
HB4521: Health: anatomical gifts; HIV positive organ donations; allow when recipient is HIV positive. Amends sec. 9123 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.9123).
SB 0412: Human services: medical services; exemption of certain prescription drugs from the department of health and human services Medicaid prior authorization process; provide for. Amends sec. 109h of 1939 PA 280 (MCL 400.109h).
HB4551: Insurance: insurers; denying coverage based on gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation; prohibit. Amends sec. 2027 of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.2027).
HB 5350: Labor: fair employment practices; paid parental leave; provide for. Creates new act.
 
HB 5828: Labor: fair employment practices; certain physical characteristics of employees; prohibit employers from discriminating based on. Creates new act.

SB 0893: Labor: fair employment practices; certain physical characteristics of employees; prohibit employers from discriminating based on. Creates new act.
SB 218 and HB 5082 are anti-trans sports bills that unjustly target transgender youth. There has been no action taken on either bill since Senator Theis held a hearing in the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee in 2021.

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