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AG Nessel Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Expand Protections Within Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
June 04, 2019
LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel today issued the following statement after legislation was introduced to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, saying:
“Every Michigander deserves equal protection under the law. For too long we’ve allowed discriminatory practices to be carried out against members of the LGBTQ community. Michigan law currently allows for LGBTQ people to be denied housing, a meal at a local restaurant, essential health care services, and even a good-paying job. By expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to irrefutably include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, we are saying all people in our state deserve to be treated equally and fairly – the very intent of this law when it was established. This legislation is common sense and it’s the right thing to do. I look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature to ensure Michigan finally provides adequate protections to the LGBTQ community.”