LANSING — Today, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission met and voted to begin accepting complaints of LGBTQ rights violations.  

State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) issued the following statement:

“Every person should know they are valued and protected under the law, no matter who they are, where they live, what they earn or who they love. In the face of continued legislative inaction on this pressing issue, I’m thrilled that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission clearly and unequivocally stated once and for all that the existing prohibition on sex discrimination, found in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Today, our state took a huge step forward for equality, justice and economic security for all people.”

State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) issued the following statement:

“Today’s action by the Civil Rights Commission will allow people who experience discrimination at work, in housing, or while using public accommodations based on who they love or who they are, to seek a legal remedy from the Commission. This is an important step to make Michigan the open and welcoming state it should be.” 

State Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton) issued the following statement:

“This action today provides a long-overdue remedy to victims of discrimination. While the Commission’s action is a critically important step forward, it remains imperative that our state legislature also act to specifically amend Elliott-Larsen to ensure that anti-equality forces can’t turn back the clock.”