LANSING, Mich., March 2, 2022 — Today, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel argued before the Michigan Supreme Court that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation. State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia), who has been a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, voiced her support for the attorney general and urged the Michigan Supreme Court to clarify that discrimination against a person based on their sexual orientation is illegal.

“Restricting employment, education, housing, or any other opportunity or freedom based on someone’s sexual orientation is not only morally wrong but an obvious violation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. It’s unacceptable that, for decades, members of the LGBTQ+ community have not been afforded the same rights and protections as those who identify as heterosexual. I stand with Attorney General Nessel and respectfully ask the Michigan Supreme Court to correctly interpret that law protects a person’s sexual orientation from discrimination under ELCRA.”