Michigan GOP bill to prohibit gay bias under fire

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans on Nov. 12 proposed a long-awaited bill to prohibit discrimination against gays, though chances dimmed for legislative approval of the measure because of concerns that transgender people would not be protected.

Sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster of Petoskey and backed by House Speaker Jase Bolger, the bill would update Michigan’s civil rights law to include sexual orientation but not — as gay rights advocates and Democrats want — gender identity. Under state law, it is illegal to discriminate based on religion, race, sex and other factors in employment, housing, public accommodations, schools and colleges.

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