Press Release: EQMI Lauds Reintroduction of Bills to Amend ELCRA

May 30, 2017


Stephanie White

EQMI Lauds Reintroduction of Bills to Amend Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act


Lansing, MI— Today, Equality Michigan joined lawmakers in Lansing to announce the reintroduction of legislation that would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.


“Everyone in Michigan, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to be treated fairly and equally under the law. Throughout the business community, this is what we support,” said Jim Murray, President of AT&T Michigan and Chair of Equality Michigan. “Passing needed reforms to Elliot-Larsen will not be easy, but I am glad to see lawmakers once again leading on this issue and know that I speak for leaders throughout Michigan’s business community that we will stand with you and help you in this important effort.”


Eighteen states across the country already provide the type of protection sought by the bills, which will be introduced at the end of today’s session day. State Representative Jon Hoadley and State Senator Rebekah Warren are introducing the bills in both legislative chambers.


“In recent months, we’ve seen the high price of discrimination in states like North Carolina and Texas,” said Equality Michigan Executive Director Stephanie White. “Our legislature has the opportunity to do the right thing and the smart thing for Michigan. Only by embracing pro-equality policy change and sending a strong message that Michigan welcomes anyone and everyone who wishes to make their home or start their business here, can we become the kind of state capable of attracting and retaining the top talent necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.”


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