Group hopes to put anti-discrimination proposal on ballot

The group known as Fair and Equal Michigan has launched a ballot initiative that would add the LGBTQ community to those with anti-discrimination protections. The proposal would update the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.  Once petition language is approved, 340,000 signatures will be needed to be collected before a bill could go before lawmakers. If not adopted by legislators, the bill would go to a statewide vote in November.