Author Archives: Rick Pluta

MI Supreme Court will decide whether RTW covers state workers

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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide next year whether the state’s right-to-work law applies to unionized civil service employees.

Four unions representing 35,000 state civil service workers filed the challenge.
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DeBoer case appealed to SCOTUS

Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong with Frizzy. They were the first same-sex couple married in Michigan on March 22, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was restored by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong with Frizzy. They were the first same-sex couple married in Michigan on March 22, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was restored by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal today (Mon.) with the US Supreme Court. They want the court to rule that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and others like it across the country are unconstitutional.

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Snyder says Electoral College overhaul should wait

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not on board with changing how Michigan divvies up presidential electors. A bill that was just rolled out would change Michigan from a winner-take-all state to one that divides the votes between the Democratic and Republican candidates. Read more

LGBT rights debate to pit LGB against T

Gay-Michigan1-257x300A debate is shaping up in the Michigan House on whether Michigan’s civil rights law should be expanded to protect gays, lesbians, and bisexuals from discrimination. There’s also a fight brewing on whether those protections should extent to transgender people.
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No decision yet on adding LGBT to MI civil rights law

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There’s no decision yet on whether the Legislature will take up amending the state’s civil rights law before the session ends in six weeks or less. It’s not clear the votes are there to add LGBT protections to the law. Read more