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Mich. Republican Gov. Considers LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Dec 17, 2013
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder  (Source:AP Photo)

Michigan’s Republican governor said last week that he is open to adding LGBT protections to the state’s anti-discrimination law, Michigan Live reports.

In an interview with the newspaper, Gov. Rick Snyder said he is willing to discuss anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community - though he did say he would not actively lead these talks.

"I’ll wait for, most likely, a signal from the Legislature to say they’re open to having that discussion," Snyder told Michigan Live. "There is some openness likely there. I think the speaker has made some comments along those lines. I’m willing to have that dialogue, but I need a partner to have it with."

Though Snyder is known for avoiding hot button social issues, the governor made headlines last week when he condemned David Agema, an official from the Republican National Committee, after Agema reportedly made anti-gay comments at a GOP holiday party.

"Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old," Agema allegedly said. "To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it’s in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong."

Those comments didn’t sit too well with Snyder, however.

"We shouldn’t tolerate discrimination of any kind," a spokeswoman for the governor said. "There shouldn’t be room for that in any political party. We must make sure everyone is treated with respect and civility."

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