For many years, CTV has been working with lawmakers and other concerned citizens to oppose amending the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (MCL 37.2102) to include “sexual orientation” as a special protected class.
Unfortunately, Republican State Representative Frank Foster has introduced House Bill 5959 which would do just that.
All one needs to do is look at other states that have passed similar legislation to see what will be coming to Michigan. Christian business owners in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, and other states are facing fines, legal action, and potentially the loss of their businesses, all for simply exercising their religious freedom and rights of conscience.
These situations WILL come to Michigan if the Foster bill passes.
We believe that Government should not pass laws that give special status or guarantee special protections for some, but punish others. Every citizen of Michigan has the right to live free, including family business owners. Lawmakers should not use their power to coerce or force a citizen of Michigan, under the threat of punishment, to surrender their constitutionally protected freedoms.
Please review our WHITE PAPER on this issue here.
In addition, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger has introduced House Bill 5958, entitled the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which is intended to “balance” the detrimental consequences of the Foster bill. While not legislatively “tie-barred” together, they are being sold by Speaker Bolger’s office as one package. The best way, however, to protect religious liberty is to reject the Foster bill and the damage it will cause.
Therefore, CTV stands OPPOSED to the expansion of Elliott-Larsen.
However, although protecting religious freedom is important for Michigan, the RFRA bill as written is weak and deserves much more consideration than can be accomplished in a short lame-duck legislative session.
CONTACT THE HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE
We understand there may be a hearing the first week of December in the House Commerce Committee, chaired by Representative Frank Foster, so we need you to act NOW.
Many of the Commerce Committee members below have already expressed their opposition to Frank Foster’s bill. When you contact them, ask their position and say “thank you” to those who are taking a strong stand against this bill.
Click here to see the whole list of Commerce Committee members
Frank Foster (R) Committee Chair, 107th Dist – Bill sponsor
Dale Zorn (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 56th District
Gail Haines (R) 43rd District
Wayne Schmidt (R) 104th District
Jeff Farrington (R) 30th District
Ben Glardon (R) 85th District
Joel Johnson (R) 97th District
Aric Nesbitt (R) 66th District
Pat Somerville (R) 23rd District
Rick Outman (R) 70th District
Tim Kelly (R) 94th District
Tom Leonard (R) 93rd District
Jon Switalski (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 28th District
Vicki Barnett (D) 37th District
Jim Townsend (D) 26th District
Harvey Santana (D) 9th District
Stacy Oakes (D) 95th District
Gretchen Driskell (D) 52nd District
Henry Yanez (D) 25th District
YOUR MESSAGE TO COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Be respectful.
- Review the White Paper FACT SHEET and tell them you do not support the expansion of Elliott-Larsen and that State Government should protect freedoms for all, not just for a few.
- Say thank you to those who are opposed to this bill.
- Ask all others to vote against House Bill 5959