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MI Supreme Court rules LGBT protections part of civil rights law

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Attorney General Dana Nessel says the decision is an important milestone

The court ruled against a wedding venue that refused to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies and against a hair removal clinic that refused service to a transitioning woman

Michigan’s civil rights law includes protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The 1976 civil rights act covers discrimination in employment, education, housing and public accommodations. Among other things, it includes discrimination based on sex. And a majority of a divided court, held that includes protections for LGBT people.

Attorney General Dana Nessel is Michigan’s first openly gay statewide elected official. She also helped argue the case. She says the decision is an important milestone.

“It means respect and it means equal dignity under the law. No more. No less.”

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