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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Issues Statement on the Passing of Sen. Bob Dole

Lansing - Bishop Ira Combs, Jr., Secretary of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.

"With the passing of Senator Bob Dole, we have lost an exemplar of what it means to be an American patriot. His service to our country in war nearly cost him his young life, and he carried the wounds of his service for the rest of his days. His brand of patriotism was all-encompassing, fighting for the rights of every American, and especially those who were the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. As one of the architects and co-sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, he made it clear that accessibility for all was not a partisan issue, but a national imperative. We mourn his passing and recall with gratitude all he gave and sacrificed for his country."

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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