Mich. Harbor Dredging Law Includes LGBT Protections

Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) is reporting that some new LGBT protections have shown up as an amendment in the most unlikely place of state legislation:

Michigan gay rights activists are celebrating an unlikely victory tucked away in a package of bills signed this week by Governor Rick Snyder to fund emergency harbor dredging across the state.

One bill says private marinas are eligible for a new loan program if they don’t discriminate based on sexual orientation – along with other factors like race and religious beliefs.

The ACLU of Michigan’s Shelli Weisberg says it’s very rare to find protections for the LGBT community in Michigan law.

“That’s a big first step,” Weisberg says. “And that’s a big recognition for the LGBT community that legislators don’t look at the words ‘sexual orientation’ as poison.”

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