MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (May 29, 2014) – Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Terri Lynn Land, says the Michigan Legislature should review the state’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to add protections for the LGBT community.
“That’s something that, as the governor mentioned, we should take a look at and bring to the Legislature,” said Land. “We need to discriminate against no one.”
The leaders of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Regional Chamber were joined by the president of AT&T Michigan at the Mackinac Policy Conference Thursday morning to encourage lawmakers to take action.
“If we want recent college graduates, whether they be from the University of Michigan or University of Wisconsin, we want them to know that regardless of who they are, if they’re talented and they want to make a difference, Michigan is the place where they’re welcome,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations with the Detroit Regional Chamber.
The Elliot-Larsen Act currently bans several forms of discrimination, but not on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Everyone needs to have a fair opportunity to get a job, to have health care, to raise a family, to have a good living here in Michigan,” Land said. “Anything that we can do to make sure that that happens I think is important.”