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Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield is out as the CEO of a Kalamazoo-area economic development organization. The former Republican leader quit amid controversy over his opposition to adding LGBTQ protections to the state civil rights law.

Kalamazoo cuts ties to Southwest Michigan First

Feb 16, 2021
Courtesy City of Kalamazoo Twitter

Kalamazoo is cutting its ties to Southwest Michigan First. City commissioners pulled out of the regional economic development agency Monday night. That's after it picked former State House speaker Lee Chatfield as its new CEO. Commissioner Erin Knott says Chatfield - a Republican - isn't the kind of person the city wants or needs:

Democrats call for LGBTQ protections

May 30, 2017
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Lawmakers in the state House and Senate are once again calling for more legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.