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LGBTQ rights campaign goes to court to get on 2022 ballot

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The campaign to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s civil rights law filed a legal challenge today with the Michigan Court of Appeals. It’s trying to reverse earlier decisions that stalled the initiative campaign.

Josh Hovey with Fair and Equal Michigan says the benefit of the doubt falls on the side of honoring the wishes of people who signed petitions to change the law. He says the campaign is ready to continue its effort right up until the deadline to get a question on the November 2022 ballot.

“There’s plenty of time to review our petitions and count them one by one if we need to.”

Hovey says the earlier decisions were based on technicalities and refusing to accept signatures that were collected electronically instead of in-person during the COVID-19 crisis.