«I think they have protections like that now, they don’t need to write special … protections into the law – the whole purpose is to discriminate against people,» said Democratic State Senator Jim Ananich of Flint.
Many businesses located in Michigan have also spoken out against this bill. Steelcase, Kellogg's, Herman Miller and a group of Washtenaw County businesses have sent letters to legislative leaders explaining their views and why this act would have a negative impact in Michigan.
«Passing RFRA could hinder the ability of all Michigan businesses to recruit and retain a talented workforce,» Steelcase Senior Vice President Lizbeth O'Shaughnessy said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Rick Jones. «The direct immediate negative economic impact of such legislation was made clear recently in Indiana.»
As we saw earlier, Snyder has already indicated he will veto this law. He said he would not sign it if, and only if an amendment bill that would expand the state's Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing and hiring.