same sex marriage http://michiganradio.org en 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 The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-30 <p>This <em>Week in Review</em> Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/john-dingell-leaving-under-his-own-terms">John Dingell</a> leaving congress and his<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-debbie-dingell-run-her-husbands-seat-congress"> wife</a> being a front runner for the seat, the debate over <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-april-deboer-talks-about-challenging-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage">same-sex marriage</a> in Michigan, and a proposal to make sure Michiganders are taxes for internet sales.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:13:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 16659 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Michigan's same-sex marriage trial has political implications for state's GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-same-sex-marriage-trial-has-political-implications-states-gop <p>We are one week, halfway through, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lesbian-couples-challenge-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage-starts-tomorrow">trial in federal court in Detroit</a> centering on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-couple-challenging-michigans-gay-marriage-ban">challenge </a>to Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The arguments are supposed to go on for another week, and then we’ll wait for the judge’s decision. But the case’s mere existence, the fact that it’s occurring, is having an effect on the political landscape in Michigan.</p><p>And, it should be noted that these hearings are not taking place within a vacuum. Just this week we saw two more gay marriage rulings. Texas’ ban on<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/judge-strikes-down-texas-gay-marriage-ban-paving-way-for-shift-in-conservative-bastion/2014/02/26/201d6cd0-9f1f-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html"> same-sex marriage was struck down</a> and Kentucky was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/27/283508733/federal-judge-rules-kentucky-must-recognize-gay-marriages">ordered to recognize same-sex marriages</a> performed in other states.</p><p>There is also another <a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/02/gov_rick_snyder_asks_federal_j.html">federal case underway</a> here in Michigan that is challenging the state’s refusal to allow live-in partner benefits for public employees. It’s the mechanism that was created to allow same-sex couples to use their benefits to cover partners and children who would otherwise be denied coverage under Michigan’s marriage amendment, approved by voters in a statewide election 10 years ago. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:43:59 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16667 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's same-sex marriage trial has political implications for state's GOP A look at Michigan's same-sex marriage challenge, and will another Dingell take office? http://michiganradio.org/post/look-michigans-same-sex-marriage-challenge-and-will-another-dingell-take-office <p>This week, a challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage began in federal court. Michigan voters approved the ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in 2004. Plus, the longest-serving member of the House, John Dingell&nbsp;announces he will retire. Who will take his seat?</p><p><em>All Things Considered</em>&nbsp;host Jennifer White spoke with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p></p><p><em>*Correction - In an earlier version of the audio above, Susan Demas&nbsp;referred to April DeBoer or Jayne Rowse as a "biological" mother of their kid(s). Each is an "adoptive" parent to their kid(s). The audio has been corrected.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:23:46 +0000 Jennifer White 16648 at http://michiganradio.org A look at Michigan's same-sex marriage challenge, and will another Dingell take office? Same-sex marriage, the Dingells, and manufacturing hub make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-dingells-and-manufacturing-hub-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley talk about the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gay-marriage-goes-trial"> same-sex marriage trial </a>in Michigan, the new<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-debbie-dingell-run-her-husbands-seat-congress"> Dingell race for Congress</a> and President Obama’s announcement of a new manufacturing hub in metro Detroit.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:41:37 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16612 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage, the Dingells, and manufacturing hub make political headlines In this morning's headlines: John Dingell retires, same-sex marriage trial, manufacturing hub http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-john-dingell-retires-same-sex-marriage-trial-manufacturing-hub <p><strong>Longest-serving congressman from Michigan retires</strong></p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-ponder-politics-after-dingell">John Dingell</a>, the longest-serving congressman in American history has announced his retirement. "There may still be a Dingell in the race," Steve Carmody reports. "Debbie Dingell, the congressman’s wife, is seen as a favorite in a potential race."</p><p><strong>Same-sex marriage trial starts today in Michigan</strong></p><p>Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage will be debated in federal court starting today. The case involves a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-april-deboer-talks-about-challenging-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage">lesbian couple</a> from Detroit who are raising three adopted children, but can't jointly adopt the children.</p><p><strong>President Obama to announce manufacturing hub in Detroit</strong></p><p>"President Barack Obama will announce today the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will bring together companies, federal agencies and universities to work on technologies that can boost manufacturing. The institutes in Chicago and near Detroit fulfill Obama's 2013 State of the Union promise to create three manufacturing hubs with a federal infusion of $200 million," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:07:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16587 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: John Dingell retires, same-sex marriage trial, manufacturing hub Audio: April DeBoer talks about challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-april-deboer-talks-about-challenging-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage <p>Tomorrow, hearings challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage begin in federal court.</p><p>Partners April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse are two nurses, living in Hazel Park. They’ve been raising three children together, but they cannot jointly adopt the children because of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The couple sued the state for the right to adopt jointly and eventually submitted a legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The hearings are expected to focus on whether Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and whether children are harmed by being raised by same-sex parents.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to April </span>DeBoer speaking with <em>All Things Considered </em>Host, Jennifer White below:</p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16581 at http://michiganradio.org Audio: April DeBoer talks about challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage