Overwhelming majority of Michiganders oppose “license to discriminate” RFRA

Posted on June 17, 2015
Supermajority2A new poll released this week by the Glengariff Group shows that Michigan voters overwhelmingly oppose the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)—harmful legislation that could allow any individual or business to discriminate against gay and transgender Michiganders under the guise of religious beliefs.

The poll, which surveyed 600 voters statewide, found that 77% of Michigan voters oppose the “license to discriminate” RFRA bill, while only 19% are in support—a 58 point margin. Support for non-discrimination protections for LGBT Michiganders found similar support, with 77% of voters supporting updates to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

This new polling comes just days after Governor Rick Snyder signed the RFRA-style anti-adoption bill which gives adoption and foster care agencies the right to use religious beliefs to deny placement of Michigan’s 13,000+ children in foster care to households headed by same-sex couples. 

In April, Governor Snyder vowed to veto any standalone RFRA legislation—but with the signing of this shameful legislation this week, he needs to hear from the overwhelming majority of Michiganders who believe discrimination is wrong and strongly oppose this harmful bill.

Click here to sign our petition urging Governor Snyder to stay true to his word and veto RFRA. We’ll hand-deliver your signature.