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Hard work. Determination. Earning a living. Making the most of one’s talents. Providing for one’s family. Taking pride in a job well done.

This is the Michigan work ethic. It has been a common theme in Michigan economic success stories for generations, from the storefront to the boardroom, from the farm to the factory floor.

Fairness. Equality. Justice.

This is Michigan’s civil rights legacy. Long before the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) was enacted in 1976, Michigan was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, protecting its citizens and working to treat all people equally and fairly under the law. This is a legacy of which all Michiganders can be proud.

Together, our Michigan work ethic and our adherence to ideas of basic fairness and equality have been a cornerstone for our economy, creating jobs, opening opportunities, encouraging investment and supporting families. 

Updating ELCRA to include the sexual orientation and gender identity of Michigan residents strengthens that cornerstone at the very time Michigan is pushing hardest toward economic recovery.