News from Progress Michigan

July 20, 2018

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Schuette, Once Again, Fights Against LGBT Equality and Freedom

AG Bill Schuette says Civil R

MICHIGAN — Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion today saying the Michigan Civil Rights Commissions effort to expand protections to the LGBTQ community through the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is “invalid”. The opinion is the latest chapter in Schuette’s saga of fighting against equal rights and freedom for all.

“For too long, Bill Schuette has used his public office, which is supposed to be used to protect Michiganders, as a sword to cut down any effort to expand freedom and equality to the LGBTQ community. It’s disgusting. This means LGBTQ Michiganders still can be fired from their job and denied housing and public services. Schuette is siding with discrimination and bigotry,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Michigan will never be the best it can be if everyone is not welcome. Unfortunately, nearly a decade of total GOP control of our state and the efforts of elected officials like Bill Schuette has resulted in state-sanctioned discrimination and intolerance. The people of Michigan will not sit idly by while Schuette and his ilk use their power to hurt our LGBTQ friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. We will stand up with them. We will fight next to them. And we will do whatever it takes to hold people like Bill Schuette accountable for putting up hurdles on our road to a more progressive Michigan.”



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