The first bill seeks to improve protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation by amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976.
“Right now in Michigan, people who are LGBT can be fired from their jobs or evicted for their housing with that reasoning in mind, and there’s nothing really stopping it,” Ben Horne, vice chairman of policy committee and the second sponsor of the bill, told The State. “In my view, MSU has done a great job in increasing their anti-discrimination policy to include gender identity and sexual orientation. ASMSU in the past has advocated for those very changes, so I think keeping that advocacy in line with our past actions sets a good precedent.”
Colin Wiebrecht, Alliance of Queer & Ally Students' representative and sponsor of the bill, added: “Currently, Elliot-Larsen does not include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. It has been shot down in the House the last couple of years. Any Republicans that have tried to advocate in favor of it have lost their subsequent primaries.”
The second bill would change the Food and Drug Administration’s policy that prevents men who have sex with men from donating blood.
The General Assembly will vote on these two bills in the week and, of course, we hope for a positive outcome.