Michigan Legislature Kills Bills That Legalized Discrimination
The 2012 Michigan legislative session ended without full votes on several controversial bills that would have allowed adoption agencies and healthcare professionals to deny services to LGBT couples and individuals on the basis that such service violated the professional's moral or religious convictions.
The Michigan legislature ended its 2012 session without holding votes on three controversial bills — two that would have allowed adoption agencies to discriminate against gay and lesbian prospective parents, and another that would permit similar refusals of service by healthcare providers if the service requested violated their moral or religious beliefs.
The legislature did not hold votes on House Bills 5739 and 5764, both introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater), which would have provided adoption agencies with licenses to discriminate based on moral or religious convictions, reports Equality Michigan, which opposed the bills. Both pieces of legislation had passed the Michigan House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors, but did not make it to the House floor for a full vote.
Senate Bill 975, introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R-Midland), would have allowed healthcare professionals to deny requested services to individuals if the services (or, presumably, the person requesting said services) violated the professional's moral or religious convictions. SB-975 passed the Michigan Senate, but did not come up for a vote in the House.