LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer partnered with legislators in the state House and Senate to unveil a plan to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. The bills introduced would protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and more. In response, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) issued the following statement:

“Too many of our neighbors, family and friends are forced to suffer from discrimination solely for who they are and who they love. This legislation puts practical protections in place to ensure everyone in the LGBTQ community feels safe and welcome in our state. As an ally to the LGBTQ community, I will always work to uplift and defend the voices of our neighbors, and I stand in solidarity with my colleagues as we fight for justice and equal treatment for all.”