HB 4770 &4771, HB 5039 and HB 5040 are making their way through the Michigan State Legislature.
- HB 4770 and 4771 are tie-barred, and both would restrict public employers from providing medical and other benefits to anyone living with a public employee unless they are married to, or a dependent of, the public employee, or the individual is a valid inheritor to the employee’s intestate will under Michigan’s intestate successor laws.
- HB 5039 prohibits any state agency or unit of local government from creating a protected class classification that is not expressly included in the statute. The Elliott-Larsen Act does not include sexual orientation or gender identity as protected characteristics.
- HB 5040 proposes that counseling, social work, or psychology students can refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of the student counselor. This bill would violates American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, which forbids counselors from discriminating in their practice, or imposing their own values, attitudes and beliefs on their clients and would violate campus discrimination policies.
Links are provided below for the Current Legislation and the Text of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976.