lesbian http://michiganradio.org en For gay and lesbian families in Michigan, one parent is left out http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-and-lesbian-families-michigan-one-parent-left-out <p>In Michigan, if you’re gay or lesbian, you can’t get married.</p><p>And for LGBT partners who adopt children it’s nearly impossible for both to have parental rights. That causes legal difficulties in providing a secure future for the kids they’re raising.</p><p>Two-year-old Lucas has two dads, Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez.</p><p>Diego is an airline pilot, and Kent works at Michigan State University.</p><p>“We’ve been together just over ten years. And we married in a religious ceremony five years ago and just legally married in Washington, D.C.," said Kent.</p><p>Kent and Diego are the only parents Lucas has ever known. But, the State of Michigan does not recognize one of them as a parent. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12957 at http://michiganradio.org For gay and lesbian families in Michigan, one parent is left out ACLU says Rochester High School is denying students First Amendment rights http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-says-rochester-high-school-denying-students-first-amendment-rights <p>The <a href="http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-demands-schools-stop-unconstitutional-web-filtering-lgbt-content">American Civil Liberties Union</a> is accusing <a href="http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/">Rochester High School</a> administrators of denying students their First Amendment rights. The ACLU claims the web filtering software on the school&rsquo;s computers censors Gay and Lesbian websites.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Jay Kaplan is with the <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/">ACLU of Michigan</a>. He says it&#39;s an important legal issue.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Students do not lose their <a href="http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=15390">First Amendment rights </a>when they enter the schoolhouse door.&nbsp;&nbsp; Schools need to take a closer look at this sort of thing.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Kaplan says if the school district does not change its web filtering&nbsp;software, the ACLU might take Rochester Community Schools to court.&nbsp; Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:25:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 1816 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU says Rochester High School is denying students First Amendment rights State House fails to reject domestic partner benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-fails-reject-domestic-partner-benefits <p>The State House failed to reject the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcs">Michigan Civil Service Commission&#39;s</a> decision to allow state employees to enjoy domestic partner benefits.</p><p>The benefits, originally negotiated between the Granholm administration and about 70% of the public employee unions, are scheduled to go into effect October 1st. The benefits are extended to unmarried partners (gay or heterosexual) and their dependents who have lived together for more than one year.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:58:12 +0000 Mark Brush 1752 at http://michiganradio.org State House fails to reject domestic partner benefits State House might vote on domestic partner benefits today http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-might-vote-domestic-partner-benefits-today <p>Last January, the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcs">Michigan Civil Service Commission</a> approved domestic partner benefits for state employees. The benefits were scheduled to go into effect on October 1st.</p><p>The ruling went against the Snyder administration&#39;s wishes, and the state legislature has been working to overturn the ruling. The State Senate passed a resolution against the domestic partner benefit ruling earlier this month.</p><p>Today, the State House is expected to vote on a resolution which would overrule the MCSC&#39;s January decision.</p><p>Todd Heywood wrote about the resolution in today&#39;s <a href="http://michiganmessenger.com/47558/house-to-act-tuesday-on-domestic-partners-resolution">Michigan Messenger</a>:</p><blockquote><p>If the House approves the measure, it will be the first time in the history of the MCSC that a decision by the body was overturned by the legislature. Republicans are also seeking a ballot initiative to remove the MCSC from the state constitution, and in the meantime has been working to strip the body of much of its power.</p></blockquote><p>Heywood reports &quot;the House currently has a 63 member GOP majority. But approving this resolution requires a two-thirds super majority, which means 74 votes, so 11 Democrats need to cross party lines in order for the bill to pass.&quot;</p><p>As <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/commission-approves-partner-benefits-over-snyder-administration-objections">MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta reported</a>, the Snyder administration said it objected to MCSC&#39;s decision because of the cost - estimated at around $6 million.</p><p>The rules were expected to cover 70% of all state employees. Their unmarried partners and dependents who have lived with them for a year or more would be eligible for the benefits. The eligibility is the equal for gay and heterosexual couples.</p><p>The benefits had to be equally available to gay and heterosexual couples because 59% of Michigan voters passed a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. The &quot;defense of marriage amendment&quot; is now part of the <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/historical/miconstitution1850.htm">Michigan Constitution</a>. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:42:28 +0000 Mark Brush 1742 at http://michiganradio.org State House might vote on domestic partner benefits today Transgender student is king to many high school peers http://michiganradio.org/post/transgender-student-king-many-high-school-peers <p>Oak Reed ran for Homecoming King at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, but school officials tossed out Reed&#39;s ballots because, anatomically, Reed is not a male. That set off a national debate over transgender rights:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiA-jXBBcME</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 19:21:33 +0000 Mark Brush 114 at http://michiganradio.org Transgender student is king to many high school peers