gay rights http://michiganradio.org en Democrats ask for recognition of recent gay marriages in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-ask-recognition-recent-gay-marriages-michigan <div><p>Michigan's congressional Democrats are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for federal recognition of the more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in the state this past weekend.&nbsp;The letter is signed by&nbsp;Sens. Debbie&nbsp;Stabenow&nbsp;and Carl Levin, and Reps. John&nbsp;Dingell, Sander Levin, Gary Peters and Dan&nbsp;Kildee.</p><p>A judge ruled last Friday that Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on further same-sex weddings while it deliberates the Michigan marriage case.</p><p>Yesterday, Gov. Snyder said the marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state because of current law. Here's what he said:</p><p>http://youtu.be/hmpbMvxlgpA</p><p>In January, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the government would honor same-sex marriages in Utah in a case very similar to Michigan's. The Justice Department so far has said it's monitoring the situation in Michigan.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:53:10 +0000 Rick Pluta & The Associated Press 16999 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats ask for recognition of recent gay marriages in Michigan What's next for married gay couples in legal limbo? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-married-gay-couples-legal-limbo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday, March 21, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>The next day, clerks in Ingham, Washtenaw, Oakland and Muskegon counties opened their doors to issue marriage licenses. More than 300 people were pronounced man and husband, or woman and wife, before 5 p.m. Then a stay was issued by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which forced clerks to cease marrying gay couples.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16948 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for married gay couples in legal limbo? Same-sex couples flock to clerks' offices to wed ahead of temporary stay http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-couples-flock-clerks-offices-wed-ahead-temporary-stay <p><strong>Update 5:05 p.m.</strong></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:00:45 +0000 Rick Pluta, Lindsey Smith, Sarah Cwiek & Kate Wells 16936 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex couples flock to clerks' offices to wed ahead of temporary stay Trial ends in Michigan gay marriage case, now we wait for the judge's decision http://michiganradio.org/post/trial-ends-michigan-gay-marriage-case-now-we-wait-judges-decision <p>The fate of Michigan's constitutional ban on gay marriage now rests with federal Judge Bernard Friedman.</p><p>After nine days of argument, the trial of <a href="http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/cases/DeBoervSnyder/">Deboer v. Snyder</a> ended this morning.</p><p>The highly anticipated federal trial began last Tuesday, Feb. 25, and now Judge Friedman says he will weigh all the evidence before making his decision.</p><p>He’s expected to take a couple of weeks to review the case.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:24:33 +0000 Mark Brush 16769 at http://michiganradio.org Trial ends in Michigan gay marriage case, now we wait for the judge's decision Protesters from both sides descend on Detroit court in landmark gay marriage case http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-both-sides-descend-detroit-court-landmark-gay-marriage-case <p>Activists on both sides of the marriage equality issue <a href="http://www.freep.com/videonetwork/3255124081001?odyssey=mod|tvideo2|article">protested outside Detroit’s federal courthouse Monday</a>, site of an ongoing court case that will decide the legality of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.</p><p>The case involves a Detroit area lesbian couple, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer. They’re seeking the right to jointly adopt the three children they’ve been raising together.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16699 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters from both sides descend on Detroit court in landmark gay marriage case Michigan's witness in gay-marriage trial barred http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-witness-gay-marriage-trial-barred <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">DETROIT – The state of Michigan's defense of a ban on gay marriage is off to a rocky start after a judge refused to allow the first witness to testify.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Sherif Girgis is a law student at Yale University and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. He has written and talked about a historical defense of marriage between a man and a woman.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Girgis will be an expert witness – someday. Friedman says Girgis' opinions won't help him decide this case.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Two Detroit-area women are challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The state attorney general's office is defending the amendment this week and asked for a break&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_20005524" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;to summon another witness.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:21:39 +0000 The Associated Press 16681 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's witness in gay-marriage trial barred If Arizona's bill to discriminate surprises you, you won't believe what's legal in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/if-arizonas-bill-discriminate-surprises-you-you-wont-believe-whats-legal-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the pollsters are right, here’s something you probably don’t know:</span></p><p><em>It’s perfectly legal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. </em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Gallup poll reported nearly nine out of ten people think </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> people are already protected.</span></p><p>They are not.</p><p>Actually, Arizona and Michigan are not that different right now.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:05:19 +0000 Lester Graham 16623 at http://michiganradio.org If Arizona's bill to discriminate surprises you, you won't believe what's legal in Michigan Exploring "Ballroom Culture" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/exploring-ballroom-culture-detroit <p>What is “Ballroom Culture”? Well, a surface definition might be a culture that centers on a competition where black LGBT individuals dress, dance and vogue - competing for prizes and trophies.</p><p>But there is more to Ballroom Culture as my next guest spells out in his new book "<em>Butch Queens Up In Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit</em>.”</p><p>Marlon Bailey is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at Indiana University. And he brings another perspective to his writing -- that of a black gay man who grew up in Detroit and who was deeply involved in Ballroom Culture.</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:07:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 15775 at http://michiganradio.org Exploring "Ballroom Culture" in Detroit Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-party-doesnt-address-anti-gay-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.<br /><br />The party's meeting on Saturday in Lansing didn't deal with a measure proposed by western Michigan activist Jason Watts, submitted after the deadline for resolutions. It doesn't mention Agema but disavows the party of "demagogic rhetoric that is incendiary and unbecoming of civil discourse."<br /> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 04:31:50 +0000 The Associated Press 15694 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments Unequal by law: Being gay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/unequal-law-being-gay-michigan <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">The documentary looks at religious views, transgender struggles, discriminatory laws, and anti gay-rights groups' concerns. You can listen to the full documentary below:</span></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:53:38 +0000 Lester Graham 14793 at http://michiganradio.org Unequal by law: Being gay in Michigan Jack Lessenberry on the Election Day 2013 results http://michiganradio.org/post/jack-lessenberry-election-day-2013-results <p>Former medical center chief Mike Duggan will be the next mayor of financially troubled Detroit, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55% to 45%. Duggan will be Detroit's first white mayor since Coleman Young was elected in 1973 as the city's first black mayor.</p><p>So, we heard from Mike Duggan and results from around the state, we looked today for some perspective on what these results mean for Michigan.</p><p>Jack Lessenberry - Michigan Radio's Political Analyst - joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:55:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 15164 at http://michiganradio.org Jack Lessenberry on the Election Day 2013 results Human rights and Royal Oak http://michiganradio.org/post/human-rights-and-royal-oak <p></p><p>The Detroit suburb of Royal Oak is a fascinating little city which has had far greater historic importance than its size would lead you to expect. And how its citizens vote in tomorrow’s election may provide an important clue to how attitudes are changing statewide.</p><p>Royal Oak’s 57,000 citizens are going to be asked to vote on a proposed charter ordinance that would forbid discrimination based on a wide variety of factors, including sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Twelve years ago, Royal Oak voted a similar ordinance down by more than 2-1. But opinions have evolved, and since then, a steadily growing group of states have legalized same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:26:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15110 at http://michiganradio.org Human rights and Royal Oak Being transgender in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/being-transgender-michigan <p>Part of the LGBT community is confusing to a lot of straight people and, really, some gay and lesbian people. The &quot;T&quot; in LGBT. Transgender people.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This piece includes the stories of two transgender women. Because their gender can cause confusion, Renee&nbsp;</span>Knipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Joanna Smith have struggled with things many people don&#39;t think about.</span></p><p>Knipe&nbsp;has been barred from using women&#39;s restrooms. Joanna Smith, who was once John Smith, is a father.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:44:53 +0000 Lester Graham 14842 at http://michiganradio.org Being transgender in Michigan Moms fighting for joint adoption in Michigan end up challenging gay marriage ban http://michiganradio.org/post/moms-fighting-joint-adoption-michigan-end-challenging-gay-marriage-ban <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nolan, </span>Ryanne<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Jacob were excited about showing me their toys when I visited the home of Jayne </span>Rowse<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and April </span>DeBoer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>These three little kids have no idea that their moms are in the middle of one of the most closely watched federal court cases in Michigan.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:10:00 +0000 Lester Graham 14766 at http://michiganradio.org Moms fighting for joint adoption in Michigan end up challenging gay marriage ban Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by anti-gay attorney http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-anti-gay-attorney <p>DETROIT (AP) - An ex-attorney for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student government president has lost a defamation lawsuit against another lawyer.<br><br>Detroit federal Judge Arthur Tarnow on Tuesday said Deborah Gordon's comments about Andrew Shirvell were either true or opinions and showed no malice. He dismissed the case.<br><br>Gordon called Shirvell a "rebel without a clue," among other things.<br><br>Shirvell says the ruling "reeks of hypocrisy and a double-standard."<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:06:02 +0000 The Associated Press 14468 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by anti-gay attorney Michigan legislators may vote on bills that let agencies refuse adoptions due to moral objections http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislators-may-vote-bills-let-agencies-refuse-adoptions-due-moral-objections <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A legislative committee could vote next week to let faith-based agencies in Michigan refuse to participate in adoptions that violate their beliefs, despite accusations that the legislation would permit discrimination.<br><br>Advocates say the bills would codify existing practice into law and preemptively protect adoption agencies from repercussions if Michigan legalizes gay marriage or civil unions.<br> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 19:41:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14426 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan legislators may vote on bills that let agencies refuse adoptions due to moral objections In this morning's headlines: mental health courts, campaign donations, gay rights ordinance http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-mental-health-courts-campaign-donations-gay-rights-ordinance <p><strong>Plan to expand mental health courts moves forward</strong></p><p>"A plan to expand mental health courts in Michigan seems to be gaining momentum in the state Legislature. A state House panel unanimously approved the legislation Thursday. People with serious mental health issues can avoid jail time and have certain charges erased from public records if they participate in treatment programs," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>State Bar wants to end anonymous campaign donations </strong></p><p>"The State Bar of Michigan says it’s time to end anonymous campaign spending in elections for judges and Supreme Court justices. It’s asking the state’s top elections official to require committees that pay for so-called “issue ads” to reveal their donors," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Another Michigan community has gay rights ordinance </strong></p><p>A Flint area community has approved an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the Associated Press, "The City Council in Linden voted this week to approve the ordinance covering employment, housing, public services and other areas."</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:32:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14407 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: mental health courts, campaign donations, gay rights ordinance The fastest cultural attitude shift is over LGBT rights http://michiganradio.org/post/fastest-cultural-attitude-shift-over-lgbt-rights <p></p><p>There’s something fascinating about the period in which two cultures or technologies clash. Usually, it is clear after a few months or years which side is going to win. But there are always holdouts. Sometimes these struggles are intense, short and complete, as when the VHS format for videotapes defeated the Betamax technology back in the early 1980s. It took somewhat longer for DVDs to beat out videotapes, but it was again clear which would win.</p><p>Sometimes the old technology hangs on, at least with a small minority or a set of hobbyists. People still ride horses, and there is somewhat of a retro boomlet in vinyl records. Print is clearly giving way to online, but I suspect some dead tree publications will remain.</p><p>Interestingly, much the same sort of thing happens in terms of culture. There is little doubt that marijuana for recreational use will eventually be completely tolerated, if not legalized.</p><p>Those of us over 60 can remember when it was scandalous for a young couple to live together before marriage. Today, it’s widely seen as normal, outside some conservative religious circles.</p><p>But I don’t think I have ever seen a faster sea change in terms of cultural attitudes than in issues involving human sexuality.&nbsp; Nearly one-fifth of all Michiganders now live in communities with ordinances protecting LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) citizens from housing or employment discrimination. Nearly all have done this in the last few years, and more are certain to follow before this year is out, according to a report in the Gongwer News Service yesterday. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:12:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14348 at http://michiganradio.org The fastest cultural attitude shift is over LGBT rights Gay rights leaders welcome IRS tax ruling, say Michigan will need to address confusion http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-rights-leaders-welcome-irs-tax-ruling-say-michigan-will-need-address-confusion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The IRS says same-sex couples legally wed in a state that allows it will be recognized as married for federal tax purposes -- even if they reside in a state like Michigan that does not allow same-sex marriage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not clear yet how the state will deal with the ruling.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gay rights leaders say the IRS decision is very good news.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily </span>Dievendorf<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the director of Equality Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“So, while the federal government is now helping to provide some equality in federal income tax credits and child tax credits, Michigan tax credits do not apply to same-sex couples and families,” said </span>Dievendorf<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:25:35 +0000 Rick Pluta 14208 at http://michiganradio.org Gay rights leaders welcome IRS tax ruling, say Michigan will need to address confusion Lansing leaders will discuss their Sister-City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia <p>Possibly ending the city of Lansing’s sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia will be the topic of a meeting tomorrow evening.</p><p></p><p>St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally.</p><p></p><p>Some Lansing city council members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s 2 decade old sister cities relationship with the Russian city.</p><p></p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13614 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing leaders will discuss their Sister-City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia