Michigan Group to Gather Signatures to Protect LGBTQ Community From Discrimination

A group organizing a state ballot drive to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination is one step closer to updating Michigan law.

They want to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Tuesday the Board of State Canvassers approved the Fair and Equal Michigan Campaign’s petition language.

They will now start gathering the 340,000 signatures they need to get the initiative in front of lawmakers.

If they do not approve the bill, it will be placed on the November state-wide ballot.

The president of the Central Michigan University Campus Democrats says this is an exciting moment.

“Being able to kind of be who you are and know that you have the same opportunity in this state as anyone else regardless of who you love,” said Lance Wood, the president of CMU College Democrats.

The Fair and Equal Michigan Campaign has until May to get the 340,000 signatures needed.