Here we go again! Those who advocate for so-called “equal rights” related to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws are pushing their agenda in Michigan once again.
For years now, they have worked to implement similar policies at the local level (with varied responses) and last year, the Michigan State School Board adopted a “gender neutral” bathroom policy even though thousands of Michigan residents objected!
At the root of this new push is a realization by the proponents of this policy that their previous attempts at changing the Elliott Larson Civil Rights Act through legislative action have failed. And now, the SOGI law supporters have turned their attention to a new strategy.
Last month, Equality Michigan submitted a request to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission asking that the commission redefine “sex” in current anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. This bypass of the normal legislative processes would accomplish the same effect as amending the law to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. This is another attempt to circumvent state lawmakers—who have shown that they do not want to take this action—and enact this policy change through an unelected state board.
Instead of being anti-discriminatory, as the proponents claim, State Representative Gary Glenn counters that, “So-called ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ laws in other states and jurisdictions have proven themselves to be discriminatory and punitive against individuals, churches, and civic organizations which believe as a matter of sincere religious conviction homosexual behavior is wrong.”
If you cherish freedom and adhere to time-honored Judeo-Christian values, speak up and let your voice be heard!
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is accepting public comment on this issue until close of business on Tuesday, August 15.
Please take five minutes to submit a respectful, well-thought-out comment by emailing MCRC-Comments@michigan.gov before 5pm on August 15. You can read this excellent issue brief from our friends at the Great Lakes Justice Center if you are looking for further information on the issue.
- NEW: Great Lakes Justice Center Response to Equality Michigan’s Request for an Interpretative Statement
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