Sen. Colbeck: ‘Equality Michigan’ group attempts to unlawfully circumvent the state’s civil rights law

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Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, commented on Tuesday regarding the scheduled Sept. 18 Michigan Civil Rights Commission meeting, in which the commission plans to address a request made by the group ‘Equality Michigan.’

Equality Michigan’s request effectively asks the commission to bypass the Legislature to change how provisions of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act would work.

“Regrettably, actions such as these taken by extreme activist groups such as Equality Michigan are becoming more common,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Equality Michigan appears to have decided that if they can’t successfully get a new law passed by the Legislature, they will seek out other government organizations in an attempt to try to reinterpret what the law says. Quite simply put, they are asking the Civil Rights Commission to do something that they cannot legally do.”

Per the Michigan Constitution, changes in laws can only be enacted by duly elected officials, and not by unelected commissioners or bureaucrats.

“The people who write our laws are elected for a reason,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Our citizens can fire them at the ballot box if they do not support the decisions they make.  The citizens would lose their voice should unelected officials define our laws. We cannot afford to let that happen.”

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. in Lansing on Monday, Sept. 18. More information is available on the website for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, and public comments are listed at http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,4613,7-138-47782—,00.html.

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