Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

December 28, 2018 • 6:46 pm


December 28, 2018

Hannah Willard

Republican Governor Rick Snyder Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Snyder’s order will require state contractors to include nondiscriminaiton protections for LGBTQ employees and applicants

WASHINGTON, DC — Outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today signed an executive order which aims to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Snyder’s executive order prohibits state departments and agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity in procurement, grant, and loan programs. Upon signing what will be one of his final executive actions as Governor, Snyder said, “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.”

Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“It’s clear that LGBTQ equality is not about partisan politics but about people, and support from elected leaders of all political parties is growing rapidly. Today Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder took action to move equality forward by requiring state contractors to provide explicit protections for LGBTQ people. Just last week, Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an executive order protecting all LGBTQ state employees from discrimination in the workplace. These executive orders pave the way towards comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ people in Michigan and Ohio, and serve as an urgent reminder that all LGBTQ Americans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We applaud the efforts of Equality Michigan, Equality Ohio, and their allies who have spent years working towards these victories and look forward to celebrating further victories for LGBTQ people in the near future.”

Snyder will leave office next week and will be replaced by Governor-elect Gretchen Witmer. Witmer has expressed strong support for expanding the state’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to provide protections for LGBTQ Michiganders.

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