Lawmakers propose anti-discrimination law to kick off Pride Month

LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- A day after signing a proclamation declaring June 2019 as Pride Month, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and state lawmakers are planning to introduce a plan to create more protection for the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ community to get new protections under Michigan law.

Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and state lawmakers are expected to announce new legislation that would amend Michigan's main civil rights law.

The new legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Law.

According to a co-sponsor of the bill someone can be fired for their sexual orientation under the current law.

The law only bans discrimination in employment, public housing, and places of public accommodation based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

Governor Whitmer released a statement on the plan to expand the law saying, "Nobody should lose their job or their home because of who they are or who they love. Making Michigan a more open, inclusive state benefits our communities, our businesses and our economy."

There will be a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday morning at 9:30 to announce the new legislation.

Governor Whitmer, state lawmakers, and LGBTQ+ advocates will all be there.

The Elliot Larsen Act has been a hot button issue over the past year.

Last May, the State Civil Rights Commission directed a state agency to investigate complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

That came after the commission interpreted the 1976 law offered some protections for gay and transgender people.

In July, then Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion saying the board overstepped by doing that.

The commission has since ignored that opinion and the state has continued to investigate complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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