Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Civil Rights Protections to LGBTQ+ Citizens

OutCenter Southwest Michigan is overjoyed by the Michigan Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Rouch World v. Michigan Department of Civil Rights case. In a 5-2 decision the court held that the existing Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act applies to LGBTQ+ people. This new ruling upholds protection of LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public accomodations which includes businesses. It cannot be overstated just how impactful this decision is for equity in our state and here in Southwest Michigan.

Anyone who is LGBTQ and discriminated against in Michigan has an upheld legal remedy in court.

In a statement following the announced decision Governor Whitmer addressed the historic nature of this decision, “Today, Michigan is more free and fair than it was yesterday.” 

It is victories like this that show just how important it is to be a registered voter and to vote in every local, state and federal election. And you must be aware of the positions of all candidates, INCLUDING JUDGES. The Michigan Supreme Court has a progressive majority for the first time in 20 years. This is because people knew the history of the candidates and voted in support of equity and the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

We must make our voices heard at school board meetings, city council meetings, and in voting booths during these challenging times.

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The Fight to Protect Reproductive Rights in Michigan Continues!

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we began our harrowing journey towards getting reproductive rights added to our state constitution in Michigan. The organizers in our State led the most effective campaign to protect these rights in the nation, the results of which were incredible. Our efforts to ensure that reproductive rights make it on the November ballots were successful, thanks to all the hard work that Michiganders put in canvassing and signature collecting. This ballot initiative made history, with 753,759 signatures spanning across every single county in Michigan! We hit the goal necessary to get the issue on the ballot, as well as a generous amount of signatures to act as a buffer in the case of any invalid signatures. This measure will be on your ballot in November, thanks to all of your hard work.

But the fight isn’t over.

Now that the measure has qualified with the necessary signatures it will be on the Midterms ballot in November 2022. If 51% or more of voters vote “yes”, the amendment will be added to the state constitution. It’s up to us to finish what we started! We need to make sure everyone is registered to vote, informed about the initiative, and has a plan for election day this November. Reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors to help us get this vital amendment past the finish line. Everyone’s voice matters right now.

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