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MI Democratic Gov. Signs Non-Discrimination Directive With No Religious Loophole

Jan 9, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

While the Republican-run federal government remains a sinking ship, there’s a lot of good news to be found in Democratic-run state governments. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination among state employees and job applicants. That includes people hired by outside groups working on a state contract.

While her GOP predecessor Rick Snyder signed a similar directive last month before leaving office, Whitmer’s went further because it doesn’t include an exemption for religious organizations. So if the state hires a Christian non-profit group to provide services of any kind, that group can’t discriminate against LGBTQ people while using their faith as a legal shield.

Newly elected Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is gay, issued a statement praising Whitmer’s order.

“This action is deeply personal to me and I am grateful that Gov. Whitmer has made anti-discrimination one of her top priorities in her first several days in office,” Nessel said. “This is a step in the right direction and I am hopeful that soon our state laws will also reflect the paradigm of equal protection under the law for all Michiganders.

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