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Posted: Thursday, 29 May 2014 4:50PM

Grand Rapids, Detroit Chambers Push For LGBT Inclusion In Civil Rights Law

Two top business organizations in Michigan are joining the push to expand the state's Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Baker tells WSJM News that the time is right to make the change, and the push is coming from the business community to do so.


The state's civil rights law offers legal protection from discrimination based on gender, race, religion, national origin, age, weight, marital status and more, but it's still legal for companies to fire people for being gay. The Grand Rapids Chamber and Detroit Regional Chamber made a joint announcement on Mackinac Island Thursday morning that they're now involved in the effort to make the change. The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition began earlier this month, with Whirlpool Corporation among its founding companies. Chrysler, Kellogg Company and Pfizer are among the largest companies to join the coalition today. Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce has not taken a position, as Executive Vice President Tammie Howard tells WSJM News that their Government Affairs Committee has not yet looked at the issue.


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