Michigan's mood is changing, but is it enough?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

natural marriageThough LGBT activists have reason to hope Wolverine State residents will vote to provide them with special rights, a conservative public policy analyst finds optimism in their proposal's weaknesses.

The state Republican-led legislature has failed to amend the civil rights law, so homosexual activists gathered sufficient petition signatures (more than 483,000) to get lawmakers' attention. If at least 340,000 of the signatures are valid, and if the legislature does not pass the measure, a special election will be called in November 2022 so voters can decide the issue.

The Associated Press reports The proposal would revise the state's 1976 law to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Religion-based discrimination, which already is barred, would be defined to include an individual's "religious beliefs." 

Dan Jarvis, director of research and public policy for Michigan Family Forum, tells OneNewsNow Michigan voters approved a marriage amendment in 2004 by a 59 percent margin.

Jarvis

"You would think that they would not support something like this, but that mood has been changing over the years," he notes. "And regrettably, this organization has a lot of large businesses and a lot of corporations here in Michigan, so there's a lot of money behind this effort."

Jarvis adds, though, that the proposal is not without fault, which will cause voters to think twice.

"One of the things that we're very optimistic about [is] they included gender identity on this, and that's, I think, one of their weak points," the family advocate submits. "People do not want men going into women's restrooms and locker rooms, and we've seen that happen around the country. They don't want men participating in women's sports and taking away opportunities for young girls in high school and in college."

Another problem with the proposal is there is no definition of terms for sexual orientation and gender identity, making it possible for pedophilia to be considered a sexual orientation that deserves special rights and protections.

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