Outgoing GOP Michigan gov. bans LGBTQ discrimination in state contracts

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LANSING — Outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, signed a directive that companies doing business with the state cannot discriminate against LGBTQ people.

From the Detroit News:

Snyder signed the directive Thursday and announced it Friday with just four days left in his tenure, describing it as an effort to lead by example in government.

The directive requires state departments and agencies to include language in new contracts prohibiting contractors from hiring or firing on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It includes an exemption for nonprofit religious organizations, including churches.

“Michigan’s continued reinvention and economic growth depend on talented individuals choosing to live and work here,” Snyder wrote. “It is essential for state government to be a leader in welcoming all people to our state and ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.”

In signing the new contracting rules, the outgoing governor noted that Michigan Civil Service Commission rules already prohibit departments from discriminating against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Snyder has a mixed record in LGBTQ rights in Michigan, the newspaper reported. In 2015, he signed a law allowing religion-based adoption agencies to refuse to work with LGBTQ couples. However, he’d also fought to expand the state’s civil rights law to include LGBTQ people.



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