As you may have heard, the GOP-controlled Indiana state legislature recently passed a law allowing businesses to deny service to customers based on sexual orientation. This law sets a horrible precedent, opening up the possibility for Republicans to codify discrimination in our own state.
Do we really want to give the Michigan GOP the chance to take a page from Indiana’s playbook?
We have made too much progress as a country to allow the GOP to legalize bigotry state by state. That’s why we need to focus on passing federal legislation that would ban discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
In America, our diversity is our strength — and that is especially true in our congressional district, which is one of the most diverse in the country. During my decades of public service, I’ve advocated for inclusion and fought against discrimination. Prior to serving in Congress, as Mayor of Southfield I pushed for our city to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The twenty-first century United States is no place for such blatant discrimination against the LGBT community, and it’s our responsibility to put an end to it.
Thank you for standing with me,