Whitmer signs LGBTQ rights law
LGBTQ protections are now covered in Michigan’s civil rights law. That’s under a bill signed today by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The crowd stood and cheered as Whitmer put her signature to the bill LGBTQ activists have been seeking since the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was adopted in 1976.
Ac1 “I am so proud to be here and I am excited to put our state on the right side of history. You ready? Alright. Let’s do it. (applause)
Adding sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the civil rights law was an early priority of Democrats as they took full control of the state Capitol this year. The new law permits complaints to be filed alleging discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, education and access to public accommodations.
This also cements a Michigan Supreme Court decision that found LGBTQ rights are also protected under other language in the law.