Statement from state Reps. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) and Tim Sneller (D-Burton) calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to withdraw the appointment of Ira Combs to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission:

Friday, February 2, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Bishop Ira Combs to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Combs has a history of opposing LGBT equality measures, such as city of Jackson’s non-discrimination ordinance, and joined a lawsuit that attempted to stop same-sex marriage in Michigan . In response, state Reps. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) and Tim Sneller (D-Burton) issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is trusted to protect the most essential rights of all of Michigan residents. That’s why we are taken aback by Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to put such an avowed opponent to the basic civil rights of Michigan’s LGBT individuals and their families on the Civil Rights Commission. We want to take Gov. Snyder at his word when he says Michigan must be a welcoming state where companies will want to locate, thrive and create jobs, which is why we are calling on him to rescind his appointment of Bishop Ira Combs to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. There are many people in our state who have done great work to protect the rights of all who live and work here, and surely one of them deserves a place on the Civil Rights Commission.”