A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today. Read more→
The federal trial on the challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban continues today with testimony from a county clerk who would like to issue wedding licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Read more→
The holiday season is bringing cheer to a Michigan based company and its employees, as it’s being recognized as one of the best places to work for people who are LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered. Read more→
The state of Michigan is close to wrapping up a plan to make programs more easily available to people with disabilities.
The state recently completed an audit of how its agencies are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Gov. Rick Snyder discussed the project at a recent conference on employment and people with disabilities. Read more→
A fight over American Indian-themed school mascots could result in a three million dollar budget cut for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
The money would be used to reimburse schools that may be forced to switch mascots.
The Department of Civil Rights wants the federal government to pressure school districts with Native American mascots to change them. It said the mascots harm American Indian students and their performance in school.
State Representative Bob Genetski is sponsoring a bill that would require the Civil Rights Department to help pay for any mascot changes.
“We hope that the department will rescind that complaint and then nobody’s got to worry about any of this.” Genetski said.
The state Department of Civil Rights said it has no plans to withdraw its complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.