Tag Archives: civil rights

Bills would shield faith-based adoption agency from effects of SCOTUS ruling


Controversial adoption on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would allow faith-based adoption agencies that take public money to refuse to work with same-sex couples. That’s even if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. Continue reading

LGBT activists ready to “blow up” civil rights bill if it ignores gender identity


Supporters of adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they have enough votes in the Legislature to pass a bill before the end of the year. But they say that’s only if Republican leaders take up a version of the bill that includes protections for gender identity. Continue reading

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

By Jake Neher


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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LGBT rights ordinance upheld in Royal Oak

Royal OakVoters in Royal Oak easily approved a local ordinance that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The final but-still-unofficial tally was 6,645 to 5,670, or 54-46 percent.

Royal Oak is the 30th Michigan community to adopt an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Continue reading