Michigan commission urges adding sexual orientation protections to civil rights act

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling on the Legislature to prohibit discrimination against gays by passing civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

The commission passed a resolution Monday reiterating its longstanding support for expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. It says the Legislature should present a bill to the governor that adds protections for all residents and visitors in Michigan. It urged Gov. Rick Snyder to sign such a bill, which it says would also protect religious liberty and wouldn't lessen any existing civil rights protections.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the state Constitution in 1963 to carry out guarantees against discrimination.

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