Governor Snyder calls for adding LGBT protections in Elliot-Larsen Act
June 2, 2014 by Lynne Bowman, Regional Field Director
On Thursday Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder joined a growing coalition of voices calling for the inclusion of LGBT people in the state's civil rights protections. Joining Snyder in his announcement were the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber.
For decades, pro-equality forces in Michigan have worked to amend the state's existing civil rights law, the Elliot-Larsen Act, to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The efforts have gained momentum recently with the launch of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition under the leadership of Jim Murray, President of AT&T Michigan. Others in the coalition include Chrysler Group LLC, Kellogg, Herman Miller, and Steelcase.
HRC has a long-standing partnership with activists on the ground in Michigan who are working tirelessly to see success before the end of the 2015 legislative session. The ACLU of Michigan, Equality Michigan and Unity Michigan are all deeply involved in the work and we are pleased to join them in this effort.
HRC is making and investment in the effort by placing a statewide Field Coordinator in the state to work with the organizations helping to raise the voices of Michiganders to share why nondiscrimination protections are important to their lives. Candidates much have no less than one year of issue or candidate political organizing experience and have the ability to travel across the state. This is a temporary position. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me at Lynne.Bowman@hrc.org for further information.
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