Pride Marks 25 Years Fighting for Equal Rights

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The LGBTQ Community took over Downtown Lansing today.

Rally participants marched up Michigan Ave. in colorful clothing, waving signs and rainbow flags.

It's an event that takes place every year. And, organizer Emily Horvath said it serves as a reminder that government needs to continue down the road towards acceptance.

"It's gonna continue. It's always going to continue until we have an amendment to the Eliot Larson Civil Rights Act, until we have marriage equality. It's going to continue until all those things happen," Horvath explained.

The Eliot Larson Civil Rights Act doesn't address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said if he wins the November election, he's going to change that.

"It's time for Michigan to get on the right side of history, you know, it's wrong and it weakens us as a state to discriminate against people based on who they love. So, we're here to show our support, that we will help lead the way," Schauer said.

Schauer said the current gay marriage ban also has a negative effect on the economy.

"We lose talented people that leave our state because we discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There are people that won't move to Michigan or won't come as tourists and spend their dollars in our state because of our discriminatory laws," he said.

Organizers are pleased Schauer showed up. They say he won the support of many Pride participants today, just ahead of his party's formal nomination at their convention tomorrow.

"He gave an amazing speech that just got the crowd fired up and that's what we want. We want to vote for those that support our issues and support us," Horvath said.

The celebration is continuing in Old Town tonight with live entertainment and several food vendors.