Forum on gay/lesbian discrimination protection set for Monday
Meanwhile, State Rep. Robert Jones, D-Kalamazoo, is co-sponsoring legislation that would give statewide reach to gay protections proposed in Kalamazoo's rescinded ordinance.The bill is being pushed by radical leftist billionaire Jon Stryker.
House Bill 4192, introduced by Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to add "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" to the classes protected from discrimination in Michigan employment, housing, public accommodations, public service and educational facilities.
The bill also would require contractors to provide statements that their employment practices do not discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals.
If the bill becomes law, it would provide, on a statewide basis, all the protections now being debated here.
The Michigan Secretary of State's Web site shows Kalamazoo billionaire and political benefactor Jon Stryker made campaign contributions to Warren, the bill's sponsor, and at least five of the bill's eight co-sponsors, including Jones.Jones wants to punish anyone who disagrees with Stryker's 'gay rights' agenda.
Jones said donations from Stryker, who heavily bankrolls state and national gay-rights causes, had no influence on reintroducing the bill.
"Not at all," said Jones. "(Stryker) contributed the maximum $500 to my campaign, and I have not been solicited to support this."
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