News from Progress Michigan

June 4, 2019

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Elected Officials Announce Amendment of Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

New Amendment will include protections for LGBTQ+ community

LANSING – Today Senator Jeremy Moss and Representative Jon Hoadley have announced they are introducing new legislation that will amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act here in the Great Lakes State. In Michigan, there are no legal protections for LGBTQ+ people against discrimination in the workplace, when finding housing, or seeking public accommodations. The ELCRA amendment would change that.

“People in Michigan and across the country are working to promote equality. For the first time, we’re even seeing bipartisan support for expanding the ELCRA. Let’s get it done,” Hoadley stated.

“For too long, folks in the LGBTQ community have been denied the freedom to be who they are and have the families and relationships they deserve without fear of discrimination. It’s time we changed that. This legislation would make Michigan a more welcoming and equitable place for our friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues in the LGBTQ community,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “The lack of civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community represents both a moral failing and a failure to come to grips with the realities of the 21st century and the types of communities people want to live in. Families and businesses don’t want to put down roots in a state with backwards laws. They want to live in communities that are respectful, diverse and provide everyone with an opportunity to thrive.”


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