Peter Meijer

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wlns.com

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says a Republican candidate for Congress has discriminated against a troupe of drag performers with Down syndrome.

The civil rights group filed a complaint Thursday with the Michigan Civil Rights Department against Peter Meijer, one of several GOP candidates running to replace the newly declared independent Rep. Justin Amash. Meijer denied access to the U.K.-based Drag Syndrome for a performance in a Grand Rapids building he owns during a project affiliated with the international ArtPrize competition.

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A fourth Republican is challenging fifth-term U.S. Representative Justin Amash for his congressional seat in western Michigan.

Peter Meijer, whose great-grandfather and grandfather built the Meijer chain of grocery and general merchandise stores, announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 31-year-old military veteran and Grand Rapids native who served in Iraq is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.