An effort to bar LGBTQ discrimination moves forward in Michigan

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Parade-goers carrying rainbow flags walk down a street in 2019 during the LBGTQ Pride march in New York marking the 50th anniversary of the police raid that sparked the modern-day gay rights movement. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

LANSING, Mich (AP) – A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 s8ignatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights laws.

If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled.

If lawmakers didn’t adopt the measure within 40 days, it would go to a statewide vote in November 2022.

Organizers say the development is a milestone. The proposal would revise the 1976 law to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

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