Decision Maker Response
Mary Cavanagh’s response
Nov 24, 2014 — Thank you for contacting regarding updating the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect Michiganders against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Michigan’s business economy has been involved in a global war for talent for years, looking for the brightest workforce to compete in our 21st century economy regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. This was a topic of conversation amongst business leaders at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference in May and have been advocating for a change in the state’s civil rights law.
Sixty-five percent of residents support making Michigan an equal opportunity state and that percentage goes up even higher among younger residents. Our state’s economic health depends on the ability of Michigan’s cities to be competitive in attracting both job creators and those seeking employment.
September 10, 2014, bills were introduced in the House and Senate to amend the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Discrimination in any form is wrong and these bills would provide immediate protections for people.
I am in support for updating the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act but there are many different versions and amendments proposed, so I have to see what is presented for a vote.
I do appreciate you taking the time to reaching out to me with issues that are important to you. Please keep me in mind if I may be of assistance to you on state issues in the future.