Michigan Governor Says He’ll Veto a RFRA Bill

Our Republican governor here in Michigan, Rick Snyder, apparently watching the reaction in Indiana and Arkansas, announced that if the legislature passes a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he will veto it. Such a bill almost passed at the end of last term and has been reintroduced in the new session.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will not sign into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill currently under debate in the Michigan Senate.

Dave Murray, a spokesman for Snyder, said Snyder plans to veto any standalone legislation similar to the controversial law passed in Indiana this month. He would consider a RFRA bill if there was also an expansion of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for gay people.

“Gov. Snyder has said he supports religious freedom but strongly opposes discrimination of any kind,” Murray said. “He believes he should support constitutional protections and strike a balance.”

He added, “Ensuring freedom of religion is a basic founding principle of our country but so is equality.”

That’s certainly nice to hear, if he follows through on it. The Michigan RFRA bill is not a RFRA+ version, it’s a virtual word-for-word copy of the federal RFRA.

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  • gshelley

    He opposes discrimination of any kind, except in the marriage laws, where not only has he taken it as far as he can go, he has allowed the AG to make ludicrous and even dishonest arguments (anyone citing the Regnerus study the way Michigan did clearly doesn’t care about the truth. I’d even say anyone claiming that marriage is for procreation has little regard for the actual facts).

    My suspicion is that Synder doesn’t really care either way about social issues and will just do what he thinks best for business, with the caveat that while he was trying for a second term, he had to pander to the religious. Now that he no longer has to, unless he runs for President, we may see him follow through on things like this,

  • Larry

    I guess strongly held religious beliefs are no match for possible economic devastation.

  • eric

    Gotta love our politicians, bravely leading from the rear. Boldly going only where the public has gone before.