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Thu Jan 9, 2020, 08:44 PM

Michigan's legislators won't protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Now voters may do it.

A new ballot initiative would add nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people to Michiganís state civil rights law. Activists and corporations pushing the initiative say theyíll take the issue to the voting booth since state legislators canít get it done.

Major corporations, civil rights groups, and labor unions are joining together to push the initiative to the ballot if legislators donít add
Related: Michiganís attorney general just said itís legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Current law protects people from discrimination based on religion, race, national origin, height, weight, color, familial status, age, sex, or marital status. The initiative would re-define the word ďsexĒ in the law to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

The bipartisan effort to protect LGBTQ citizens has been met with roadblocks by Republicans in the state legislature.


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