State Representative Frank Foster (R) may have lost his primary in Michigan's 107th House District earlier this year, but that will not stop him from pushing through his pet legislation - an Amendment to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 to include "protections" for homosexuals. House Speaker Jase Bolger would like to pair this Amendment with a Michigan version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but the RFRA may not give as much protection as originally thought. According to the Hobby Lobby decision the Federal RFRA does not "provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.” In other words, there is no guarantee that the RFRA would protect religious groups.
Even with Republicans controlling both State Houses of Congress and the Governor's Mansion there is no guarantee this bill will not pass. The Governor himself stated he would like to see it brought up for a vote. Freedom's Defenders will continue to watch for more developments.
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