Support LGBT Rights in Michigan
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Even though the LGBT community can legally get married, they still face discrimination in many areas of their lives (GLAAD). Same-sex couples could be denied spousal benefits, which occurred several times in 2015 (Green). A Michigan religious freedom act states that adoption agencies can deny service to same-sex couples based on the organization’s religious beliefs (Abbey-Lambertz). Almost two-thirds of LGBTQ Americans have been discriminated against (Human Rights Campaign). Michigan does not have any laws regarding non-discrimination of people in public places based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (“Non-Discrimination Laws”). Considering that there are 289,427 LGBT people in Michigan, this is a serious problem (“State Policy Profile-Michigan”). A solution is to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. The act outlaws discrimination based on “religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status” in employment, education, housing, and public places (Legislative Council, State of Michigan). This would help the LGBT community get the equal rights they deserve.
Abbey-Lambertz, Kate. “Michigan Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Adoption Law.” Huffingtonpost.com. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 June 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
GLAAD. “The 2016 Election: Know the Facts About the Equality Act.” Glaad.org. GLAAD, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Green, Emma. “Can States Protect LGBT Rights Without Compromising Religious Freedom?” Theatlantic.com, 6 Jan. 2016. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Human Rights Campaign. “The Equality Act.” Hrc.org. The Human Rights Campaign, 1 Aug. 2016. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Legislative Council, State of Michigan. “Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.” Michigan.gov. Legislative Council, State of Michigan, 9 Jan. 2012. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Movement Advancement Project. “Non-Discrimination Laws.” Lgbtmap.org. Movement Advancement Project, 10 Oct. 2016. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Movement Advancement Project. “State Policy Profile-Michigan.” Lgbtmap.org. Movement Advancement Project, 10 Oct. 2016. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
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