Recently, members of the Michigan Legislature decided – in their infinite wisdom – that the Elliot Larson Act (Michigan’s Civil Rights Act) would not be amended to protects against discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.
Krista and Jami Contreras, a couple from southeast Michigan, adopted their daughter in October 2014. Naturally, they sought out a pediatrician for their infant daughter. Dr. Vesna Roi came highly recommended to them by the midwife who assisted on the birth of their daughter. The couple met with Dr. Roi, who appeared to look forward to treating their newly born daughter. However, when Krista and Jami arrived for their daughter’s first wellness appointment they were told by one of Dr. Roi’s colleagues that she (Dr. Roi) would not be treating their daughter because of the couples’ sexual orientation. Yes, that’s right, a doctor refused to treat a patient because of the parents’ sexual orientation. Here is a link to a story by Fox 2’s Amy Lange, where Krista, Jami, and civil rights attorney Dana Nessel speak about the situation.
Unfortunately, law makers in Michigan seem intent on allowing for state sanctioned, protected discrimination against members of the LGBT community. The current state of the Michigan law allows for workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, refusal of basic medical services because of a patient’s sexuality, housing discrimination, educational discrimination, refusal to allow for second parent adoptions in the cases of same-sex couples, and of course, the denial of the right to marry. Now, as we can see, Michigan’s laws even allow for the refusal of medical services because of a family member’s sexual orientation. The fact that there are ZERO protections for members of the LGBT community is something that the Michigan Legislature is clearly very proud of.
At Nessel and Kessel Law, we are proud to stand up for the rights of members of the LGBT community. Nessel and Kessel Law has spearheaded Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, and are headed to the United States Supreme Court in April, to fight for this basic human right. If you or a loved one has been discriminated against because of sexual orientation or your status as a member of the LGBT community, contact the attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law today.