Michigan’s law didn’t change

Posted on July 17, 2015

mifb2I’m sure you’ve great heard the news!

Late yesterday, the Employment Equal Opportunity Commission overwhelmingly ruled that employers cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling will have an enormous impact—there’s no doubt.

But there’s one place it won’t have an impact—and that’s under Michigan law. In our state, there are still NO explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

This ruling is not binding on businesses with fewer than 15 employees and it doesn’t change the fact that under Michigan law, LGBT people can still face discrimination in housing or at a hotel or restaurant. Only an update to Michigan law can bridge this gap.

To make it worse? Fringe lawmakers are working around the clock to advance a “license to discriminate” RFRA bill—legislation that would make it even easier to discriminate against LGBT Michiganders.

Our state lawmakers and Governor Snyder need to know: With or without the EEOC ruling, the people of Michigan oppose discrimination—and it’s time for our laws to reflect our values. Click here to send a message now.

Yesterday’s ruling affirms what a bipartisan majority of Michiganders believe: No one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

But I won’t sugarcoat it: Nothing about this ruling changes the fact that in just a matter of weeks, some lawmakers will do everything they can to pass RFRA and embolden discrimination even further into the laws of our state.

The EEOC’s ruling gives us exactly the momentum we need to continue making the case to lawmakers that discrimination is wrong—and that the people they represent, no matter their political party, agree it’s time to end discrimination against LGBT people right here in Michigan.

Tell your state lawmakers and Governor Snyder: It’s time to prohibit discrimination—and not make it easier—against LGBT Michiganders. Send a message and help stop RFRA now.

Our work is far from over. But with supporters like you, it’s only a matter of time until we live in a state that protects all of us from discrimination.