MCRC Chair Stacie Clayton Issues Statement on Michigan Supreme Court Decision to Hear Appeal in Key Civil Rights Case

Contact: Vicki Levengood
Agency: Civil Rights

July 6, 2021

Contact: Vicki Levengood, levengoodv@michigan.gov

LANSING, MI-Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Michigan Supreme Court to bypass the appellate court and hear the case of Rouch World LLC v. Department of Civil Rights.

"We commend the Michigan Supreme Court's decision to hear the MDCR appeal in the case of Rouch World LLC v. Department of Civil Rights. In May of 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued a landmark interpretive statement declaring that the word 'sex' in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We knew that eventually the courts would decide the matter definitively. We have faith the justices of the Michigan Supreme Court will agree with our reading of the statute and fully extend civil rights protection to our LGBTQ family members, friends and neighbors."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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