Category Archives: Civil Rights

Roads, pot, civil rights on agenda as state lawmakers return from summer break

By Jake Neher

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The state Legislature returns Tuesday after a two month summer break.

Republican leaders still have some big priorities to accomplish before the end of the year. None are bigger than finding a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

But it looks like that and other major bills will have to wait until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December. Top lawmakers say they do notexpect many major votes between now and the November election.

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Judge hears arguments over recognizing 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday.  DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.”

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.”

Some 300 same-sex couples in Michigan are waiting to hear whether a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments on Thursday from attorneys for the state and for the same-sex couples.
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6th Circuit combines hearing on marriage cases

Challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states will be argued in a single afternoon later this summer before the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The Michigan arguments are being combined with cases out of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
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Legislative leaders say civil rights law update can get done in ’14

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)

The Legislature’s Republican leaders say they think the state’s civil rights law can be updated to cover lesbian, gay, and transgender people before the end of the year. Last week, Governor Rick Snyder called on the Legislature to take up the question.
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Schuette: Judge’s marriage decision an “affront” to voters, democracy

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a brief with a federal appeals court seeking to overturn a judge’s decision to strike down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In the filing, Schuette says the case is about voters’ rights, not the right of same-sex couples to get married. Read more