The research director of a group that aims to strengthen families by encouraging sound public policies says the Michigan LGBTQ community is seeking special status.
The Wolverine State allows citizens to petition for legislation in the event elected officials do not pass bills they desire. Dan Jarvis of Michigan Family Forum tells OneNewsNow lawmakers in the past have failed to pass special rights for the LGBT community, so they are trying to obtain about 340,000 citizen signatures to force it into law.
"Essentially what that will do is provide special protections to individuals who claim that they are gay or lesbian, as well as individuals identifying as transgender -- so men who say they're women, women who say they're men, or neither of the above," Jarvis explains.
Jarvis says other states where special rights laws have been passed demonstrate the potential harm.
"There will be businesses that will be harmed," the researcher warns. "Potentially religious organizations, whether that be schools or churches, are going to be harmed when you have men going into women's locker rooms or bathrooms, men participating in women's sports, [and] men taking women's scholarships."
If enough petition signatures are obtained, it would lead to the 1976 state civil rights law being amended to give the LGBT community the special rights they desire.