LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Efforts are underway in the legislature to extend the state's civil rights law to include members of the LGBT community, but Gov. Rick Snyder does not want to participate in any part of that debate.
While other states are allowing gay marriage, gays in this state will have to wait until February to see if a federal judge will allow it in Michigan.
Meanwhile back in the legislature, bi-partisan discussions are underway to extend civil rights to the gay community via the state's civil rights law.
Sen. Rebekah Warren sees some progress on those talks, as she points out the inequalities for members of the LGBT community in Michigan. "When you talk to folks around the state and tell them that persons can be fired or refused housing becasue of who they are or who they love, people are stunned."
GOP Speaker of the House Bolger has indicated he will have that conversation, but the Senate GOP leader show no signs of moving it up on the agenda.
Which brings us to the governor. For the past six months, he's been quizzed about his stance on changing the civil rights law, but he has not budged one inch. "That is not something that we are talking about. We are focused on new and better jobs."
The state civil rights commission favors including gays in the anti-discrimination law and argues it has an economic benefit to the state.