Michigan Lawmakers Abandon Numerous ‘License To Discriminate’ Bills

The Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature has abandoned several anti-gay “license to discriminate” bills, opting not to hold final votes on them during the lame-duck session. Senate Bill 975 would have allowed healthcare providers to refuse any treatment to any patient if it violates their ““religious beliefs, moral convictions, or ethical principles.” House Bills 5763 and 5764 would have allowed adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and would prevent the state from penalizing them for doing so. This is a reprieve from numerous other extreme bills that have passed, including the anti-union “right-to-work” law and an extreme ban on abortion.