In a new poll by the Glengariff Group, a supermajority of Michigan voters support updating the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The poll found 77% of Michigan voters would support an LGBT non-discrimination law for housing and employment. This level of high support was also strong amongst voters who identify as strong Republicans at 70.6 percent, as well as voters over the age of 65, who support updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act at 76.9 percent—proving that once again, that the Michigan Legislature is out of touch with the values of Michigan voters.
Last year, an attempt to update the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act stalled, while now “license to discriminate” RFRA bill is currently making its way through the Michigan legislature. The very same poll found that just as Michigan voters support LGBT non-discrimination, they equally oppose attempts to make that discrimination even easier—as 77% of voters oppose the proposed “license to discriminate” RFRA bill. Yet, just two weeks ago the legislature passed and the Governor signed a RFRA-style bill that allows foster and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT families under the guise of religious beliefs.The people of Michigan overwhelmingly agree that all people should be able to live and work in the state they call home without the fear of discrimination. Now it’s time for the Michigan legislature to get with the times and pass a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity—and reject any and all attempts to write anti-LGBT discrimination into state law.