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Mich., Wis. guvs sign pro-LGBT bills
2019-01-08

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The governors of Michigan and Wisconsin have both signed pro-LGBT measures.

In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order ED 2019-9, which bars discrimination against LGBT people in state employment, public services and state contracting, The Washington Blade noted. The directive goes into effect immediately.

Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman said in a statement sent to Windy City Times, "We were proud to turn out the pro-equality vote on Governor Whitmer's behalf in November and we thank Equality Michigan for their ongoing work to safeguard these protections in cities and communities across the Great Lake State.

"These executive actions are an important step forward in the fight against discrimination, but there's more work to be done. It is far past time that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is expanded to explicitly include protections for the LGBTQ community, so that every Michigander—no matter who they are or whom they love—can live their lives without fear of discrimination."

Also, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order against anti-LGBT discrimination in state employment and state contracting.

In a separate statement that Windy City Times obtained, HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout said, "We were proud to turn out LGBTQ voters in November to help elect Evers, and thank Fair Wisconsin for their ongoing work to end anti-LGBTQ discrimination across our state."

The Blade article is at www.washingtonblade.com/2019/01/07/new-michigan-wisconsin-guvs-signs-orders-against-anti-lgbt-bias/ .


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