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DETROIT – Fair and Equal Michigan confirmed it has now collected its 100,000th signature on the road the 340,047 required to introduce a citizens’ bill in the State Legislature that would amend the state Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ from discrimination. The committee is supported by business leaders, LGBTQ groups and leaders from both sides of the political aisle.
“This grassroots effort of Michigan citizens is now 100,000 people strong as we encourage the Legislature to prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ people. In just five weeks, we’ve scaled from zero to 628 fully trained volunteers along with a 145-person paid field team that led to our 100,000th signature collected. With broad support across the state, our effort continues to be on time, on budget and at signature quality. After 37 years of attempts, it is time for the Legislature to give all Michiganders a fair and equal chance to succeed,” said Fair and Equal Michigan Co-Chair Trevor Thomas.
Fair and Equal Michigan, launched on Jan. 7, seeks to introduce a citizens’ bill in the State Legislature after advocates collect 340,047 citizen signatures. The Legislature will then have 40 days to adopt the initiative as written or send it for voters to decide in the November election. Previously announced companies supporting Fair and Equal Michigan include DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Apple, Dow, Rock Holdings and Herman Miller. Last week, the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber endorsed the initiative.
Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act already protects individuals against discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing based on 10 factors, including age, race, sex and religion. The Fair and Equal Michigan initiative would amend the current law by defining “sex” as including “gender, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.”
The campaign is planning a large signature collection push at polling places across the state for the March 10 Primary Election. For those interested in volunteering, they can look here.