Elliott Larsen Act http://michiganradio.org en Despite waffling, Snyder did join call to add LGBT protections to state's civil rights law http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-waffling-snyder-did-join-call-add-lgbt-protections-states-civil-rights-law <p>This week at the annual Detroit Regional Chamber’s policy conference on Mackinac Island, Governor Snyder joined the chorus of people calling for an update to Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights act to include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people… sort of.</p><p>There is a lot of spoon-feeding to the press here on the Island – a litany of press conferences and media scrums. And, yesterday, one of those press conferences was held by a group of business leaders who want LGBT protections rolled into the civil rights law.</p><p>Meanwhile, at almost the exact same time as these business leaders were making their announcement, the Governor was talking to us, telling us he thought the legislature ought to take the issue up.</p><p>But, did he actually endorse it? “I’m encouraging them to say there’s been a lot of dialog and discussion on this. It’s been healthy in the public and I think it could be an appropriate topic for the legislators to take up. I would appreciate that,” the Governor said. And, that statement is fairly typical of the multiple exchanges we had with the governor on this topic.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:32:01 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17810 at http://michiganradio.org Despite waffling, Snyder did join call to add LGBT protections to state's civil rights law Gov. Snyder says he wants Legislature to add LGBT protections to civil rights law http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-says-he-wants-legislature-add-lgbt-protections-civil-rights-law <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like the Legislature to amend Michigan’s civil rights law to add protections for gays, lesbians and transgendered people.</p><p>“I don’t believe in discrimination and I think it would be great if they, the Legislature, looked at it later in the year,” said Snyder.</p><p>The governor says he’d lawmakers to first deal with the Detroit bankruptcy and road funding. But he thinks action on the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act could take place before the end of the year. The governor is attending the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, where a group of business leaders has endorsed adding LGBT rights to the civil rights law.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:27:56 +0000 Rick Pluta 17793 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder says he wants Legislature to add LGBT protections to civil rights law Michigan business group calls for an end to discrimination against gays http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-business-group-calls-end-discrimination-against-gays <p>There is a growing chorus in Michigan to stop employment discrimination against gays.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest challenge is coming from Business Leaders for Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of its 2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan, the group is challenging Michigan leaders to pass an anti-discrimination law that includes protections for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">workers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Current state law does nothing to protect against this type of discrimination.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Michigan, it is completely legal to discriminate against LGBT&nbsp;people. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-it-legal-discriminate-against-lgbt-people-michigan-part-1">explained why</a> this type of discrimination is legal in the state:</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:57:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 17421 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan business group calls for an end to discrimination against gays 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 Holland's first openly gay council candidate rekindles debate over LGBT protections http://michiganradio.org/post/hollands-first-openly-gay-council-candidate-rekindles-debate-over-lgbt-protections <p>http://vimeo.com/77498126</p><p><em>Watch Holland City Council candidates weigh in on everything from human rights, to public utilities to public safety at a League of Women Voters forum that took place earlier this month at city hall. </em></p><p>A municipal election in the City of Holland is rekindling a debate over laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.</p><p>In June 2011, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">Holland City Council voted 5-4 </a>against a proposal that would have made it illegal for landlords and employers to discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.</p><p>“City council may not have dealt with this in any kind of public way in the last two and half years, but in the community it has never gone away,” Donald Martin said of the issue.</p><p>Martin is the first openly gay candidate running&nbsp;for Holland City Council. He’s lived in the city for ten years. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15080 at http://michiganradio.org 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 Bolger considers adding sexual orientation to civil rights law http://michiganradio.org/post/bolger-considers-adding-sexual-orientation-civil-rights-law <p align="LEFT">Michigan State House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) could be opening the door to extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians. That would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas such as employment and housing.</p><p align="LEFT">The state's civil rights act protects a variety of groups from discrimination. It includes protections for categories like race and age, but sexual orientation has yet to be included.</p><p align="LEFT"> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:58:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13043 at http://michiganradio.org Bolger considers adding sexual orientation to civil rights law