LANSING (AP) – Supporters of amending Michigan’s constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are hoping to clear an initial procedural step.
The Fair Michigan ballot committee’s petition form will be considered Tuesday by the Board of State Canvassers. The group must gather roughly 315,000 valid voter signatures to put the measure on the November 2016 statewide ballot.READ MORE: Henry Ford Health Looking Overseas For Nurses
The state constitution bars discrimination because of religion, race, color or national origin. The amendment would add gender, gender identity, sex and sexual orientation protections.READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Taylor Student Found With Gun After Threat To Security Officer
The Republican-controlled Legislature has blocked bills to protect gay and transgender residents by updating Michigan’s civil rights law. Gay rights advocates are divided over whether a ballot proposal should be initiated, however.MORE NEWS: Diner Reopens Months After Owner Was Jailed Over Virus Rules
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