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Gay Civil Rights Law Will Wait Almost Another Year

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Members of the gay community may have to wait an additional 11 months to be covered by the state's civil rights law, as backers of the proposal are saying the timing to do it now is not right.

Governor Rick Snyder has not taken a stance on extending the state's civil rights law to include the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, but he's waiting to see what lawmakers say on that.

"At some point, I'm happy to have a discussion. I'm waiting to see what legislators may also have to say on that as an item of interest," said Snyder.

Two sources tell 6 News the timing is not right to deal with it before the next August primary election. In fact, the debate may not come until after Labor Day next year.

CEO of AT&T Jim Murray is a self-described "quarterback" on the issue. "You do it when the time is right and the timing is not right right now when people aren't ready. I think we're going to get this eventually," said Murray. "Everybody wants to do the right thing and they don't want anybody discriminated against."

But conservative Rep. Tom McMillan argues, what discrimination? "We haven't seen any indication of discrimination. What we have seen is instances of discrimination when these laws are imposed. They discriminate against Christians," he said. "So we see that the bullying actually comes from the LGBT community."

"Well obviously we've got somebody who is afraid to take a stand in favor of protecting all children," said Rep. Vicki Barnett.

The gay community has been wating for 30-years to be included under the civil rights law and it seems they wait at least another 11-months. 

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