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News from Progress Michigan

November 12, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot,

Progress Michigan Responds to Jase Bolger’s Attempt to Codify Religious Discrimination Into Michigan Law

LANSING — Progress Michigan released the following statement on the news that an amendment to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act has been introduced that doesn’t protect transgender people, along with a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill, which allows the use of religion to justify discrimination.

GOP Rep. Frank Foster introduced the Elliott-Larsen Civil Right Act amendment and GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger plans to introduce the RFRA bill.

“By pushing for this type of legislation, Jase Bolger is endorsing the use of religion to discriminate, which obstructs the LGBT community in their struggle for equal rights,” said Hugh Madden, communications director for Progress Michigan. “Bolger is trying to redefine religious freedom to allow one’s religion to be imposed on others. Our nation was founded by those who fled the type of religious persecution that Jase Bolger wants codified into Michigan law.”


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