It is the duty of the school board to affirm and uphold constitutionally-protected freedoms, not pass laws granting special protections for some, while coercing and compelling others to comply with a political agenda.
The News Release and accompanying legal memo submitted by Equality Michigan (EM) to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on July 24, 2017 is incorrect and misleading.
After the Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) failed to adequately notify either the public or the legislature about its contentious LGBTQ proposal, considerable controversy erupted. No wonder. One SBE provision provides that “[s]tudents should be allowed to use the restroom in accordance with their gender identity.”
Proposed laws extending civil rights protections to LGBTQ individuals seek to increase regulation of business, religious organizations and citizens. The proposed laws create new protected classes of individuals, giving new legal causes of action on the basis of “sexual orientation,” “sexual identity,” “gender identity and expression,” “family responsibilities,” etc.