Democrat lawmakers push for gay rights protections in state

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat lawmakers are asking the Legislature to add protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to Michigan’s civil rights act.

House and Senate legislators announced bills on Wednesday that would add protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression into the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

The effort comes a day after a Senate committee held a hearing on a bill that backers say protects people’s religious freedoms. Opponents say it permits discrimination against gays and others.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has threatened to veto the legislation unless lawmakers also extend anti-discrimination protections to gays.

Gideon D’Assandro is House Speaker Kevin Cotter’s spokesman. He says the Republican majority is not interested in revisiting the issue after it failed to pass last session.

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