Homosexuality http://michiganradio.org en 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-have-republicans-calling-dave-agemas-resignation <p>Dave Agema served from 2006 to 2012 as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature. He hit his term limit and moved on to other things in 2012.</p><p>Now he represents Michigan as a member of the Republican National Committee. M<span style="line-height: 1.5;">any Republicans wish he weren't.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/betsy_devos_dave_agema.html">Some are naming names</a> and calling for his ouster. Others aren’t calling him out by name but are “asking for more civility,” as&nbsp;MPRN’s Rick Pluta reported:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:01:31 +0000 Mark Brush 16120 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation Commentary: Snyder needs to take a stand http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-snyder-needs-take-stand <p></p><p>Two weeks ago, as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58372028@N00/8594705151/">posted</a> a shocking and scurrilous article on Facebook titled <a href="http://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/a02rStatistcs.html">“Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals.”</a></p><p>The piece was a collection of hate-filled, untrue smears, such as that gays commit half the murders in large cities, are riddled with diseases, die young and have a secret agenda to recruit children.</p><p>This prompted a sudden outcry. Some young and moderate Republicans called for Agema’s resignation. But he refused, and instead asked people to sign an <a href="http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stand-with-dave-for-conservative-values-in/">online petition </a>supporting him.</p><p>The petition got hundreds of signatures, which Agema boasted about till a reporter scrutinized them. Among the signers were the names, Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler, Goat Killer and “I spit upon thee.” Plus someone claiming to be North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who wrote “From one dictator to another.”</p><p>But while there was a considerable outcry, Governor Rick Snyder has remained noticeably silent. Finally, he was cornered by a reporter Monday and asked his opinion. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-declines-say-if-gop-official-should-resign-over-facebook-post">He refused.</a> “I‘m not going to get in the middle of all that,” he said.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:56:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12071 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Snyder needs to take a stand Michigan governor declines to say if GOP official should resign over Facebook post http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-declines-say-if-gop-official-should-resign-over-facebook-post <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder won't say whether a Michigan member of the Republican National Committee should resign for posting an article critical of gay people on Facebook.<br><br>The Republican governor told reporters Monday that he's "not going to get in the middle of all that." Snyder adds that discrimination of any kind is inappropriate and "it's important we stand up for all people."<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:33:22 +0000 The Associated Press 12056 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan governor declines to say if GOP official should resign over Facebook post Commentary: Intolerance http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-intolerance <p></p><p>Did you know there is actually still a Communist Party, USA? They even have a website, so that if, in the middle of the night, you are suddenly seized with a desire to join the party of Lenin and Stalin, why, you can get on line and whip out your credit card.</p><p>For $60 a year, you can be a Communist. Not only that, my guess is that if you do sign up, you won’t even lose your job or be visited by the FBI. That’s because the Communist Party today is no threat to anybody, and is, in fact, totally irrelevant.</p><p>That isn’t true of the Republican Party. Not yet, anyway. But increasingly, the GOP is beginning to behave like a wacky fringe party. They are offering positions way outside the mainstream. More and more, what one hears from Republican spokesmen is hatred and intolerance, and we got a good example yesterday.</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:36:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11905 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Intolerance Stateside: LGBT Parenting http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-lgbt-parenting <p>A child's decision to discuss his or her sexuality with a parent is a defining moment.</p><p>A parent's reaction can have critical effects on the confidence and health of their child.</p><p>Author Anne Dohrenwend addressed the ways one should communicate with a homosexual child.</p><p>Her new book, “<a href="http://www.newhorizonpressbooks.com/new/comingaround.php">Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Kids</a>,” assesses healthy relationships between parents and their gay children.</p><p>Mike Neubecker of <a href="http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=194&amp;srcid=-2">PFLAG</a> (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) also spoke with Cyndy.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:11:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9979 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: LGBT Parenting 2 Ohio churches debate gay issue with billboards http://michiganradio.org/post/2-ohio-churches-debate-gay-issue-billboards <p>The ongoing debate in churches regarding homosexuality is being argued on 10 billboards in northwest Ohio. <a href="http://m2.toledoblade.com/Religion/2011/09/24/Debate-on-gays-is-writ-large.html">The Toledo Blade</a> reports that Toledo&#39;s Central United Methodist church posted a single roadside billboard in April that said that being gay is a gift from God. That has led the minister at Church on Strayer to offer an opposite view.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:45:34 +0000 Kyle Norris 4300 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Ohio churches debate gay issue with billboards What’s next for anti-discrimination laws in Holland? Lots... http://michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-next-anti-discrimination-laws-holland-lots <p>Last month Holland City Council <a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/hrc_resolution_to_city_council_3.24.11.pdf">voted against adding sexual orientation and gender identity </a>to their local anti-discrimination laws. But the fight over gay rights continues in the generally conservative town.</p><p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976232.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976232.mp3</a></p><p>The debate surrounds the City of Holland adopting local laws. These laws would protect people from getting fired or kicked out of their houses because they are gay or transgender. Federal and state laws protect people from discrimination &ndash; but not based on a person&rsquo;s sexuality or gender identity.</p><p>The debate is not technically about the morality of homosexuality. But in a community known for having a church on almost every corner &ndash; for many people in Holland that is definitely part of the conversation. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3154 at http://michiganradio.org What’s next for anti-discrimination laws in Holland? Lots... U-M student leader drops request for PPO against assistant state attorney general http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-student-leader-drops-request-ppo-against-assistant-state-attorney-general <p><span class="article-content"><span>A University of Michigan student leader has dropped his request for a personal protection order against an assistant state attorney general.<br /> <br /> Andrew Shirvell used his blog to attack Chris Armstrong for promoting what Shirvell called a radical homosexual agenda on campus.<br /> <br /> Shirvell also protested at events where Armstrong was present.<br /> <br /> Philip Thomas is Andrew Shirvell&#39;s lawyer.<br /> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:32:53 +0000 Rina Miller 184 at http://michiganradio.org U-M student leader drops request for PPO against assistant state attorney general Holland to consider adding gender identity, sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-consider-adding-gender-identity-sexual-orientation-anti-discrimination-laws <p>An advisory board voted unanimously to recommend city council pass the measure Thursday night.</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 03:43:49 +0000 Lindsey Smith 181 at http://michiganradio.org Holland to consider adding gender identity, sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws