Progress Michigan Calls Out Governor on Failing to Address Legal Discrimination of LGBT Community

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News from Progress Michigan 

October 24th, 2013

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan Calls Out Governor on Failing to Address Legal Discrimination of LGBT Community 

LANSING — Earlier today, Governor Rick Snyder was pressed by Capitol reporters on where he stands when it comes to addressing the legal discrimination faced by LGBT Michiganders, but Snyder dodged the question by saying, “At this point in time I’ve got a number of other things that I’ve had as priorities.”

In 2011, Snyder had this to say when speaking about immigration: “Making this state a center of opportunity for all people of exceptional talent and motivation will accelerate our reinvention of Michigan.” There’s no reason the same idea shouldn’t apply to the LGBT community.

“If Governor Snyder truly wants to make Michigan a ‘center for opportunity for all people,’ then he would take a stand against the legal discrimination being faced by Michigan’s LGBT community,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “It’s quite obvious that Snyder is now marching lockstep with the far-right and doesn’t care about the fact that in Michigan a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender citizen can be fired from their job just because of whom they love. It’s hard to imagine that in 2013, Snyder doesn’t have a position on this basic human rights issue. He either doesn’t believe in equality or he’s afraid of scaring off his right-wing donors.”

 

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