The Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, Senate Bill 4, has passed in both the Michigan House Judiciary Committee and in the state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday.This bill would expand statewide nondiscrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The bill now heads to the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law, making it the first time in more than three years since any U.S.
state has passed similar nondiscrimination protections. Once signed, Michigan will become the 22nd state to codify nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people.
In an email, Equality Michigan, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, lauded the action by lawmakers noting: “For our community, today is a day of triumph and a day of relief.