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Michigan’s largest county has formed a special unit focused on solving and prosecuting crimes against LGBT people.
Mt. Pleasant, MI Vigil
Communities around Michigan this week have been remembering those killed in the Florida nightclub shooting.
49 lives were lost at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Sunday.
Devon Rademacher visited services in Isabella and Midland counties. Continue reading
The study shows sixty-one percent of adults experience day to day discrimination.
After the nightclub tragedy, a small group of Traverse city residents used tape to create a rainbow on stairs near Clinch Park.
The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session tomorrow (Tue.) on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students.
The campaign to expand equal protection rights in the state constitution to include women and LGBT people can start collecting petition signatures.
A state elections board is expected to determine tomorrow (Tue.) whether a petition campaign to add LGBT and gender protections to the Michigan Constitution is ready to go.
Michigan LGBT advocates are examining the results of an election in Houston on a local human rights ordinance to glean lessons that can be applied to a similar effort in Michigan.
A bipartisan group is forming a ballot committee to put gay and transgender rights into the Michigan Constitution.
Saginaw Valley State University is adding gender identity and genetic information protections to its non-discrimination policy.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to work with same-sex couples or other families based on a religious objection.
The governor says he signed the law to ensure the most opportunities to place children with permanent families. But, the law is almost certain to face a legal challenge. Continue reading
The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.
The state House has adopted legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to continue to turn away LGBT couples — even if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.
Legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to work with LGBT couples or anyone else based on moral or religious grounds is headed to the floor of the state House. Continue reading
A state House committee could vote tomorrow (Wed.) on bills to shield faith-based adoption agencies from having to serve LGBT couples if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.
Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban will be one of four the U-S Supreme Court will consider to decide the issue for the nation. Continue reading
Retired Ford executive and former Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour says adopting LGBT protections in law will help the state attract and retain talent.
Minister Stacy Swimp says adding LGBT protections to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act would open the door to discrimination against business owners with religious objections to gay rights.
A state House committee adjourned today (Wed.) without voting on legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law, and it’s not clear if a measure will be voted on before the Legislature wraps up for the year.
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
A coalition of business and civil rights groups is still optimistic state lawmakers this year will make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people.
A 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.
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. Continue reading
Groups that support adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they’re confident state lawmakers will act this year. That’s despite some recent setbacks.
State House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, says he wants to make sure the measure doesn’t infringe on religious liberties. And people working closely on the issue say some Republican lawmakers don’t want to include transgender people in the legislation.
ACLU of Michigan Director Kary Moss appeared this week on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record. She says the business groups pushing for the measure do not have any interest in removing gender identity from the legislation.
“There’s not been debate in the business coalition,” said Moss. “All the members of the coalition agreed to support including both sexual orientation and gender identity. And I think too much has been made of the opinions of a few people who have been concerned about it.”
She said supporters’ focus is squarely on getting the measure passed during the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December.
“The business community has come together in an unprecedented way. I think that’s created a lot of momentum. I think we’ve had a lot of Republicans who have indicated that the time is now and right and they’re supportive of it.”
Under current state law, people can be fired, denied employment, or denied housing because they are gay or transgender.
Democrats in Lansing have introduced legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law.
Legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election.