State Rep. Tom Kuhn today voted against a proposed amendment of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act – highlighting a lack of protection for girls’ and women’s sports as well as for religious freedom.
The state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in Michigan based on “religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status” in employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations. The Michigan Supreme Court has already held that Elliott-Larsen protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
But if the state is going to update the civil rights act, Kuhn said it’s imperative that women’s rights and religious freedoms be taken into consideration. “We need to allow our girls’ and women’s sports associations the right to restrict their sports organizations to females if they so choose.”
Kuhn said the plan works against the basis of Title IX, which ensures fair competition in sports between male and female athletes. Kuhn’s amendment to the legislation would have allowed girls’ and women’s sports associations the right to preclude biological males from female sports in public associations if they so choose, and a similar amendment Kuhn supported would have allowed schools to preclude biological males from female sports in schools.
“This bill could have a chilling effect on girls’ sports in Michigan,” Kuhn said. “Our girls and women have a right to a fair playing field. Biological males competing against them does not respect this principle. It’s the wrong message to send to our female students and athletes who train hard, work for scholarships and seek fair competition.”
Senate Bill 4 now advances to the governor for consideration. House Bill 4003 moves to the Senate for additional review.
State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today issued the following statement after the state House approved transparency legislation mandated by voters with the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2022. While Kuhn supported the legislation as a first step, he emphasized that more must be done to restore citizens’ confidence in state government.
Tom Kuhn is the State Representative for Michigan’s 57th District. He represents portions of Sterling Heights, Troy and Madison Heights. Alicia St. Germaine is the State Representative for Michigan’s 62nd District. She represents portions of Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and all of Fraser, and Harrison Township.
“House Democrats apparently want a part-time legislature with full-time pay,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “House Democrats want to ignore important issues facing our communities and take an early Christmas holiday. But state lawmakers earn their wages by doing the people’s work, not sitting at home watching Christmas movies. If anyone else stopped showing up to work, they wouldn’t just stop receiving pay, they would be fired.”
“The way legislators currently do business is broken,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “Each legislator should be given ample time to become deeply familiar with budget bills before voting. By setting specific rules, our bills will hold legislators accountable for their actions. We are creating clear rules and timelines to overhaul and improve the efficiency of the budgeting process.”