NEW SURVEY: Michigan Small Businesses Support Non-Discrimination Protections for Gay Employees

Unity Michigan Explains Findings Consistent with State’s Commitment to Fairness

June 20, 2013– The Small Business Majority has released an opinion poll showing that a majority of small business owners support non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender workers.

Not only did small business owners support these protections against employment discrimination, but a majority believed that such laws already existed.

“It’s true, but not everyone knows: Here in Michigan, you can be legally fired from your job just for being gay or transgender,” said Jon Hoadley of the Unity Michigan coalition.

According to the poll, seven in 10 small businesses think businesses are hurt in their efforts to attract the best talent by discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The poll, conducted April 8-17, 2013 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found 54 percent of Michigan entrepreneurs believe federal law should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people, and 61 percent believe Michigan should have a law prohibiting this type of discrimination. A sweeping 76 percent didn’t realize it’s currently legal under federal law to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay, lesbian or transgender, and 73 percent were unaware it is legal in Michigan to refuse to hire someone based on sexual preference or gender identity.

The respondents were majority Republican, with 50 percent identifying as Republican, 27 percent as Democrat and 13 percent as independent or other.

“Poll after poll has shown that across the board, a majority of Michiganders support fairness and equality—including small business owners,” Hoadley said. “It’s time Michigan steps up to treat all workers fairly and equally.”

Check out the fact sheet for Michigan here.

The Small Business Majority is a national nonprofit organization focused on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses. www.smallbusinessmajority.org

The Unity Michigan Coalition works to ensure that all Michiganders are treated fairly by advancing non-discrimination policies. www.unitymichigan.org

The Unity Michigan Coalition includes the ACLU of Michigan, Affirmations, Equality Michigan, KICK, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ruth Ellis Center.

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Unity on the latest polling

Unity Michigan’s statement on today’s poll from Glengariff Group:
“The vast majority of Michiganders support fairness and equality for gay and transgender people. This is a clear consensus: the people of Michigan support non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. It’s time our state legislature takes action to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include these critical protections.”
-Jon Hoadley, Unity Michigan

PRESS ADVISORY: CAPITOL REGION LEADERS CALL FOR FAIRNESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2013
CONACT: Sarah Kennedy
skennedy@civitaspublicaffairs.com

 LANSING — On Wednesday, leaders from across the Capitol Region will gather to launch One Capitol Region, a coalition working in support of non-discrimination ordinances in Delhi, Delta, and Meridian Townships—which will protect all residents, including gay and transgender people, from discrimination.

WHAT: Press Conference Launch of One Capitol Region

WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Outside the State Capitol; near Austin Blair statue adjacent to Capitol Avenue

WHO: Elected officials from the Capitol Region, including: Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett (East Lansing) Trustee Angela Wilson (Meridian), Clerk Evan Hope (Delhi), and Supervisor Ken Fletcher (Delta).

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FAIR-MINDED ROYAL OAK RESIDENTS, LEADERS, & CLERGY DENOUNCE PETITION CAMPAIGN, CALL FOR FAIRNESS

Royal Oak’s Human Rights Ordinance must stay

ROYAL OAK — Coming off the heels of a common-sense Human Rights Ordinance in Royal Oak, Michigan, fair-minded leaders and everyday folks in Royal Oak have joined together to speak out against a set of signatures filed today.

The signatures were gathered by opponents of fairness in an effort to stop the city from enacting its Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance, which provides protections ensuring all residents will be treated fairly and equally, was passed 6 to 1 by the city commission in March.

Statement from Reverend Jim Lynch, Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit:
“As people of faith, we all are called to treat our neighbors as we would like to be treated. Royal Oak’s Human Rights Ordinance embodies the most important Christian value: the Golden Rule.”

Statement from resident Kara Leslie:
“Collecting signatures in order to make sure some people in our town aren’t treated fairly? That isn’t right. That isn’t Royal Oak. Everyone should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our city. The Human Rights Ordinance should stay.”

Statement from Unity Michigan Coalition:
“All Royal Oak residents, including gay and transgender people, should be treated fairly, and a majority of Michiganders support the Human Rights Ordinance. In fact, over 20 cities here in Michigan, and more than 100 nationwide, have successfully implemented similar ordinances. And 65% of Michiganders support making sure that gay and transgender people, are protected from discrimination.”

Resources:
Polling: http://dontchangeyourself.com/Quinlan2011.pdf
Cities with ordinances: http://www.unitymichigan.org/cities-with-ordinances

The Unity Michigan Coalition works to ensure that all Michiganders are treated fairly by advancing non-discrimination policies. www.unitymichigan.org

The Unity Michigan Coalition includes the ACLU of Michigan, Affirmations, Equality Michigan, KICK, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ruth Ellis Center.

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Decline To Sign!

Urgent: Royal Oak Human Rights Ordinance Under Attack!

Breaking news: You and our thousands of supporters did a great job in helping build support for a gay & transgender inclusive non-discrimination ordinance—awesome. But now our opponents are trying to stop this common-sense law from going into effect, with a petition. That’s right. A few extremists out there who want to stop gay and transgender people from being treated fairly and equally, just like anyone else.

It gets worse: they have a whole month to get 800 people to sign their extreme, anti-equality petition.

DO NOT SIGN PETITIONS IN ROYAL OAK.

Often anti-gay and activists will try to use deceptive language to trick people who support equality into signing the petition. Do not sign any petitions in Royal Oak.There will be NO pro-equality petitions, so do not sign anything.

Now that I know you won’t sign, here’s another way you can help: Share our graphic on your Facebook wall, on Twitter, and forward this email to your friends. 

But the most important thing to remember is to NOT sign any petitions about the human rights ordinance in Royal Oak—and tell your friends not to sign any petitions either.

Thanks for your help. We will succeed if we all stick together!
-Jon Hoadley
Don’t Change Yourself

PS: Our friends in Royal Oak will be holding a press conference this afternoon at 2:00 at the Royal Oak Post Office, 200 West 2nd Street. Join us to show your support if you can!

 

 

 

Unity Michigan Coalition Applauds Non-Discrimination Ordinance Passage

Royal Oak City Commission passes ordinance to protect all residents

March 5, 2013 — Last night the Royal Oak, Michigan, City Commission ensured that all residents will be treated fairly and equally by passing a human rights ordinance. The ordinance includes crucial protections for gay and transgender people.

“Unity Michigan applauds the Royal Oak City Commission for standing up for fairness, said Jon Hoadley, Director of the Unity Michigan Coalition. “Royal Oak is the 22nd city in Michigan to pass an ordinance like this. We’re thrilled to see momentum growing across the state, and look ahead to a day where everyone in our state is treated fairly.”

“This ordinance is so important,” said Hoadley. “Everyone should be treated fairly and equally here in Royal Oak, including our gay and transgender neighbors.”

65% of Michiganders support making Michigan an equal opportunity state. (See http://dontchangeyourself.com/Quinlan2011.pdf) Royal Oak is one of over 20 cities in Michigan, and more than 100 across the country who have successfully implemented similar ordinances.

The Unity Michigan Coalition works to ensure that all Michiganders are treated fairly by advancing non-discrimination policies. www.unitymichigan.org

The Unity Michigan Coalition includes the ACLU of Michigan, Affirmations, Equality Michigan, KICK, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ruth Ellis Center.

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Between the Lines spotlight

Between the Lines has spotlighted our work on local non-discrimination ordinances!

Michigan’s legislators in Lansing may not be ready to step up and declare equality for the LGBT community, but across the state individual communities have been creating local ordinances that prevent discrimination and publicize that anti-gay bias is something they won’t tolerate.