Prejudice and hate towards Arab and Muslim Americans has prompted The Michigan Civil Rights Commission to renew support for its campaign — Take On Hate.
Take On Hate is working to promote acceptance toward families in Michigan with Middle Eastern heritage. Continue reading
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
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.
Governor Rick Snyder says improving services for the mentally ill is a major civil rights issue. And he says it’s a high priority in his second term.
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
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.
The list of groups calling on state lawmakers to pass protections for LGBT people is growing. Organizations representing Michigan college, university, and school officials now say they support the measure.
Voters 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
The State of Michigan is celebrating a milestone this year. Half a century ago, the state became the first in the nation to establish a Civil Rights Commission. Continue reading