Majority of Michiganders Oppose A License To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Posted on July 13, 2015

newpollfbTwo weeks after securing the freedom to marry nationwide, a majority of Michiganders are opposed to passing a license to discriminate RFRA bill in Michigan.

The so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) could give individuals the ability to discriminate against gay and transgender people under the guise of so-called religious beliefs.

But according to a recent poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling, a whopping 68% of Michiganders are opposed to RFRA, and a strong majority—56%—support extending non-discrimination protections to LGBT people.

The poll also found that 52% of Michiganders oppose allowing adoption agencies to discriminate despite the fact that just last month, the Michigan legislature passed and Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill giving adoption agencies that exact same right. A second poll, released last week by Public Policy Polling, showed that 68% of Michigan voters want to ban discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing. The issue has bipartisan consensus, with 76% of Democrats, 66% of independents and 60% of Republicans in support.

Another poll, conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority, the Center for Americans Progress and American Unity Fund found that two-thirds of small business owners are opposed to giving businesses a license to discriminate. 

When Michigan residents were asked if they would support or oppose a bill that would outlaw judges and county clerks from performing marriages—presumably a backhanded attempt to deny loving and committed same-sex couples with the now Supreme Court affirmed freedom to marry. A whopping 69% of respondents said they opposed such a law, further driving home that the people of Michigan are ready to move forward in embracing equal rights for all, and not backward.

The Supreme Court and the people of Michigan have spoken, and they have demonstrated a firm commitment towards equality for all. It’s now time for our state leaders to join us on the right side of history by taking a stand against all forms of discrimination once and for all.