ICYMI: Michigan Legislature Introduces Civil Rights Law That Guarantees Protections for LGBTQ+ People

by HRC Staff

Lansing, MICHIGAN — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — commends the Michigan Legislature for introducing an amendment to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) explicitly including protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman released the following statement:

“In the past year, Michigan has made tremendous strides toward equality - from who we elected into office to our Supreme Court’s rulings to the Michigan Legislature’s effort to ensure our civil rights laws provide clear protections for LGBTQ+ Michiganders. This legislation is not just progress for LGBTQ+ people, it sends a message that every person in our state deserves equal and fair protection under the law - regardless of who you love or how you identify. We urge our legislators to pass this bill into law.”

Last July, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the existing nondiscrimination provisions in ELCRA include protections for LGBTQ+ people. In the November 2022 elections, Michigan voters passed Proposal 3 and secured the right to abortion.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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