Target: Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel
Goal: Praise Michigan legislators for refusing to make it legal to deny life-saving services to LBGTQ persons based on religious beliefs
Michigan’s 2014 lame-duck session just ended without a vote on what was being called the “Right to Discriminate” bill, which would have allowed anyone who provides a product or service to refuse to serve a person based on their religious beliefs. This includes pharmacists who provide essential medications and even emergency medical technicians. This bill would have allowed any bigot to refuse to save the life of a dying LGBTQ person based on personal beliefs.
When the bill was announced, those who believed that it’s not right to legalize deadly discrimination rallied and pressured the Michigan Congress with petitions like ForceChange’s Don’t Use Religion as Excuse to Discriminate. When it came time to discuss the latest bills, the state’s lawmakers decided to not even vote on such a clearly prejudiced piece of legislation. Thanks to this, Michigan’s LGBTQ community is at least safe from being left to die by bigoted doctors.
Each day is a new struggle in the fight to ensure that every individual has the same rights as everyone else, including the right to life-saving care. As long as we stay vigilant, we can have a serious impact on the lives of those who still aren’t seen as human by many prejudiced persons around the world. Sign on to thank the Michigan Democrats for their fight to protect the vulnerable citizens of their state and prevent this bill from being voted on.
Dear Mr. Greimel,
I understand that your state’s latest lame-duck session has ended without a vote on the bill that would have given people the right to refuse any service to anyone based on religious beliefs. It was referred to by many LGBTQ activists as the “Right to Discriminate” bill, and would have allowed anyone, including EMTs, pharmacists, and charities, to refuse life-saving services on the basis of their personal beliefs about whether or not each individual has the right to live.
This was an extremely dangerous bill and could have cost innocent people their lives in the name of legally mandated prejudice. I thank you for ensuring that the bill did not even come to a vote so that the conservatives in your congress didn’t get a chance to make it legal to let LGBTQ people die. In any place where such a bill would even be introduced, LGBTQ individuals already have enough to worry about without wondering whether they’ll be attended to in an emergency.
I sincerely appreciate your willingness to listen to the people and fight for your vulnerable and marginalized citizens. I hope that you’ll continue to take a stand against any legislation that would legalize discrimination of any kind and push for true equal rights for your state’s LGBTQ community. There is no such thing as a right to discriminate, only a right to live free of discrimination.
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