same sex marriage http://michiganradio.org en The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-56 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the latest in the same-sex marriage debate, roads funding, whether Democrats can overturn the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-sponsor-bill-roll-back-abortion-insurance-law">abortion insurance law</a>, and a new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok">controversy </a>with the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:45:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18051 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Poll indicates same-sex marriage is losing support in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-indicates-same-sex-marriage-losing-support-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll done by </span>EPIC-MRA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for the Detroit Free Press and </span>WXYZ-TV<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> indicates that same-sex marriage has lost support in Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In 2013, the poll indicated that 51% supported same-sex marriage, and 41% said they opposed.</p><p>If it were put to a vote now, however, the poll found that only 47% would vote yes and 46% would vote no. The other 7% were either undecided, or refused to say. (The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4%.)</p><p>You can see the results from EPIC-MRA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epicmra.com/press/Stwd_Survey_May2014_Media_Freq.pdf">here </a>(see question 26).</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:31:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17799 at http://michiganradio.org Poll indicates same-sex marriage is losing support in Michigan ACLU files lawsuit to force Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-files-lawsuit-force-michigan-recognize-same-sex-marriages <p>The ACLU of Michigan has filed a lawsuit that seeks to force Michigan to recognize the marriages of around 300 same-sex couples.</p><p>The couples married on Saturday, March 22 after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage the day before. Several county clerks had opened their offices to allow the marriages to go forward. A federal appeals court later issued a stay on the ruling, which put a hold on any more marriages from taking place.</p><p>And Gov. Snyder later announced that the state would not recognize the marriages that took place on that Saturday.</p><p>From the ACLU’s <a href="https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-sues-michigan-recognize-marriages-same-sex-couples">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.</p><p>"As a matter of law and fundamental fairness, the state is obligated to extend the protections that flow from marriage to all those who celebrated their weddings last month," said Kary L. Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director.</p></blockquote><p>The ACLU has more on the families who have joined the lawsuit. You can read more <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/300Families">here</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:49:31 +0000 Mark Brush 17803 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU files lawsuit to force Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages Christian leaders speak up for same-sex marriage: "We stand with the God of compassion" http://michiganradio.org/post/christian-leaders-speak-same-sex-marriage-we-stand-god-compassion <p>A group of Metro Detroit clergy leaders stood together Thursday to send a clear message: They support same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people.</p><p>They also strongly condemned some of their fellow Michigan Christian leaders who are fighting to uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>Last week, a group of about 200, mostly Michigan-based black pastors declared that “the fight is on” to protect “traditional” marriage.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17730 at http://michiganradio.org Christian leaders speak up for same-sex marriage: "We stand with the God of compassion" Religious groups say 'The fight is on' over same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/religious-groups-say-fight-over-same-sex-marriage <p>A coalition of about 200 mostly Michigan-based black pastors says “the fight is on” when it comes to same-sex marriage.</p><p>A federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage earlier this year. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has appealed that ruling, and it’s now headed to the US 6<sup>th</sup> Circuit court of appeals.</p><p>The pastors <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140514/NEWS05/305140165/black-ministers-oppose-gay-marriage">condemned the ruling in an event at First Baptist International World Changers churc</a>h in Detroit Wednesday.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:17:54 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17611 at http://michiganradio.org Religious groups say 'The fight is on' over same-sex marriage Same-sex marriage backers launch education campaign in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-backers-launch-education-campaign-michigan <p>Backers of same-sex marriage are launching what an education campaign that could<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.</span></p><p>Emily Dievendorf is part of the “<a href="http://www.michiganformarriage.org/">Michigan for Marriage</a>” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:33:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 17534 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage backers launch education campaign in Michigan Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-8-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former Republican state representative says he was on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing 10 years ago. On today's show, Chris Ward, former representative from Genoa County talked about the gay marriage ban and the future of the Republican Party.</span></p><p>Then, we spoke with a very talented Flint rapper about his music and raising the profile of the Flint community.</p><p><br />We heard from writer Deidre Stevens about the Ca-Choo Club, a very unique way to attract allergy sufferers to Sault Ste. Marie.</p><p>Also, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Michigan's Aug. 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up. W</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ho are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</span></p><p>First on the show, y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">esterday was the deadline to file objections to the disclosure statement spelling out Detroit's plan to climb out of its bankruptcy hole.</span></p><p>And yes, objections poured in – long lists of objections to the disclosure statement.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to tell us who's objecting, why, and what comes next.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17150 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Former Republican state representative says he was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/former-republican-state-representative-says-he-was-wrong-oppose-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is never too late to offer a public "mea culpa" for taking a political action that you later believe was a serious mistake.</span></p><p>That's the idea behind a <a href="http://republicus.blogspot.com/2014/03/being-on-wrong-side-history.html">recent entry</a> on the blog Republicus.</p><p>Former Republican State Rep. Chris Ward wrote the post declaring that he'd been on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:37:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17146 at http://michiganradio.org Former Republican state representative says he was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-fast-action-gay-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.</p><p></p><p>Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:09:48 +0000 Rick Pluta 17109 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case US Attorney General says federal government will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages http://michiganradio.org/post/us-attorney-general-says-federal-government-will-recognize-michigan-same-sex-marriages <p>The federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court. That means they will be able file joint federal tax returns and share federal government benefits.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:33:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17015 at http://michiganradio.org US Attorney General says federal government will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages Could the same-sex marriage debate impact the 2014 election? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-same-sex-marriage-debate-impact-2014-election <p></p><p>This week, host Jennifer White discusses the latest developments in same-sex marriages in Michigan and their impact on the 2014 elections. She is joined by Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, publisher of Michigan Inside Politics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. On Saturday, more than 300 couples rushed to speak their vows before the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on Judge Friedman’s ruling until further deliberation. Yesterday, </span>Gov.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Rick Snyder stated that while the marriages performed over the weekend were legal, they cannot be officially recognized by the state due to the current law.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> indicates that while it may be politically challenging for </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Snyder, his position will be to comply with the law.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think at the end of the day, his position is going to be, as it is today, ‘I’m going to comply with the law,' whatever the law is, finally resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile, Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> mentions that although Attorney General Bill </span>Schuette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage, he did not address the issue in his campaign reelection announcement last week.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:37:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17010 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals court keeps stay on Michigan same-sex marriages in place http://michiganradio.org/post/appeals-court-keeps-stay-michigan-same-sex-marriages-place <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the freeze on same-sex marriages in Michigan. The court granted the state’s request to put a hold on last week’s decision that struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The panel’s 2-1 ruling continues the legal limbo of more than 300 gay and lesbian couples who were married during the weekend window before the door was closed.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 16972 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals court keeps stay on Michigan same-sex marriages in place Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign The partisan divide over same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/partisan-divide-over-same-sex-marriage <p>Unless you were trapped underground last weekend, you probably have been following Michigan’s same-sex marriage drama.</p><p>On Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Fried<span style="line-height: 1.5;">man issued an opinion striking down Michigan’s state constitutional amendment prohibiting </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-gay-marriage-ban-struck-down" style="line-height: 1.5;">same-sex marriages</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than 24 hours later, a federal appeals court put his ruling on hold.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the meantime, several hundred couples rushed to get licenses and marry. Every legal scholar I know believes the legality of same-sex unions will eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:25:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16947 at http://michiganradio.org The partisan divide over same-sex marriage 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 How one Michigan church is changing its views on gay marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/how-one-michigan-church-changing-its-views-gay-marriage <p>There can be little doubt that we are living at a time when our attitudes as a society are undergoing a tremendous shift in what we think of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.</p><p>Recently, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-finds-majority-michigan-support-gay-marriage">we spoke on this show</a> with Michigan State University professor Charley Ballard, who directs the state of the state surveys. The most recent MSU survey found, for instance, that 54% of Michiganders support gay marriage, with 36% opposing it.</p><p>Just four years ago, gay marriage was opposed by 51% and favored by 48% of those surveyed.</p><p>That is the view from social science. But what about the view from the pulpit?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken Wilson is pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. The evangelical minister has spent years wrestling with this question:&nbsp; Where do we – as a Christian faith community – draw the line on the gay marriage issue?</span></p><p>His journey to rethinking his beliefs about where LBGT people fit into what he calls “the company of Jesus” is spelled out in his new book “A Letter to my Congregation:&nbsp; An evangelical pastor's path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus.”</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:24:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16828 at http://michiganradio.org How one Michigan church is changing its views on gay marriage Same-sex marriage case comes to a close http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-case-comes-close <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is coming to an end in federal court. Arguments have ended and we are waiting for a ruling from U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman within the next two weeks.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The case involves a lesbian couple from Oakland County and their adopted children. The women want legal joint custody of each other's children for purposes of inheritance, benefits and guardianship, should one of them die.</p><p>But state law does not allow gay marriage. Michigan passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 banning same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</p><p>Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown wants to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:53:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16793 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage case comes to a close 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 Michigan attorney general is front, center and vocal on major court cases http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-front-center-and-vocal-major-court-cases <p>The Michigan attorney general’s office is very busy these days. The state’s position on juvenile life sentences is being questioned before the Michigan Supreme Court; the state’s constitutional amendment banning same sex-marriage and civil unions is being challenged in federal court; and at the same time, the rights of pensioners are being sorted out as Detroit continues to go through bankruptcy.<br /><br />Attorney General Bill Schuette has been front, center, and vocal in all of these cases.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16746 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan attorney general is front, center and vocal on major court cases Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-war-against-blight-flint-and-obamas-budget-proposal-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockely discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues"> the trial</a> challenging Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, the mayor of Flint's proposal to fight blight in the city, and what President Obama's budget proposal could mean for Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:34:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16720 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines