unity michigan coalition http://michiganradio.org en Some local elected officials want to add sexual orientation to Michigan's civil rights law http://michiganradio.org/post/some-local-elected-officials-want-add-sexual-orientation-michigans-civil-rights-law <p>A battle over gay and lesbian legal protections is heating up.</p><p>Sixty-five local elected officials have signed a letter supporting a bill that would add sexual orientation to <a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/cmhpsm/provider-homepage/Michigan%20Compiled%20Laws">the state civil rights act.</a></p><p>Derek Dobies is a city councilman in Jackson. He says this is an economic issue for Michigan.</p><p>&ldquo;Given Michigan&rsquo;s brain drain,&quot; says Dobies, &quot;we need to do everything that we can&hellip;both at the local level and at the state level that&rsquo;s within our power&hellip;to put a welcome sign on Michigan.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Jon Hoadley is the director of the <a href="http://www.unitymichigan.org/">Unity Michigan Coalition.</a> He says its important to have the support of local leaders in this statewide fight.</p><p>&ldquo;We have elected officials in Grand Rapids&hellip;Kalamazoo and Jackson,&quot; says Hoadley, &quot;cities big and small across the state saying &lsquo;we think that non-discrimination protections are good for us and they&rsquo;re good for Michigan&rsquo;.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Eighteen cities in Michigan have local ordinances against discrimination against gays and lesbians.</p><p>There is a bill in the state House to nullify those local ordinances. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:54:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6889 at http://michiganradio.org Some local elected officials want to add sexual orientation to Michigan's civil rights law