Oak Park same-sex couple lobby Congress for rights

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Metro area couple who says their pediatrician refused to see their daughter because they’re lesbians is in Washington pushing to have sexual orientation added to the nation’s civil rights bill.

The proposed Equality Act was introduced Thursday.

Krista Contreras and her wife, Jami, of Oak Park are speaking at events in the nation’s capital hosted by the bill’s backers. They also were interviewed on “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart” on cable channel MSNBC.

The couple were thrust into the national spotlight after news stories about a Roseville pediatrician who they say refused to treat their infant daughter because they are a same-sex couple.

Krista Contreras, a project manager for a nonprofit in Detroit, said it’s important to get the Equality Act passed because it would help individuals and families like hers.

“We’re extremely excited about the Equality Act obviously because of the situation we were in,” Krista Contreras said. “In order to protect families like ours we need federal protection.”

The couple said their pediatrician stopped seeing their daughter as a patient shortly after the child, Bay Windsor, was born in October.

The doctor, says Krista Contreras, refused to see them and their infant daughter, instead sending another doctor into the room.

The couple was told their chosen doctor “prayed on it” and decided not to take their child as a patient.

The couple, who wed in Vermont in 2012, are in Washington through Saturday to support legislation that would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protection for LGBT individuals from discrimination under the existing federal law.

“It’s not special protection,” Jami Contreras said Thursday. “We’re asking to be treated like everyone else.”


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