Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Removes Religious Exemption from for Faith-Based Groups from Pro-LGBT State Laws

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a directive that removes a religious exemption for faith-based groups contracting with the government, possibly opening the door to forcing them to endorsing LGBT causes.

Gov. Whitmer announced Monday that she had signed Executive Directive 2019-9, an anti-discrimination measure that defines sex discrimination to include “gender identity and sexual orientation.”

The directive also states that it will not alter “the right to freedom of worship or religious belief that the People of the State of Michigan have guaranteed under” the state constitution.

However, it lacks a specific exemption for faith-based groups contracting with the government that former Governor Rick Snyder included in his anti-discrimination directive, which was rescinded upon the issuing of Whitmer’s directive.

“This Directive does not apply to an agreement with a contractor, subcontractor, or grant or loan recipient that is a religious organization qualifying as a 501 (c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code, Title 26, United States Code, section 501 (c)(3),” stated the previous directive.

Chris Palusky, president and CEO of Bethany Christian Services, told The Christian Post on Tuesday that his organization “is currently reviewing the Governor’s executive directive.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski