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ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Attempts to Scapegoat Group for Questioning Ballot Strategy

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Attempts to Scapegoat Group for Questioning Ballot Strategy

2015-12-01 00:00:00

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss today issued the following statement in response to reports that the ACLU of Michigan is not supporting a ballot initiative to update the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Why HIV Diagnosis Still Carries Stigma in Michigan

Why HIV Diagnosis Still Carries Stigma in Michigan

2015-12-01 00:00:00

When Charlie Sheen publicly announced that he is a person living with HIV, I was struck by two things: Sheen shared that, since his diagnosis four years ago, he has been on antiretroviral medications and his viral load is currently undetectable (meaning there are so few copies of the HIV virus in his blood that tests cannot register it).

Love v. Johnson Marks ACLU of Michigan's Fight Against Discriminatory State ID Policy

Love v. Johnson Marks ACLU of Michigan's Fight Against Discriminatory State ID Policy

2015-11-03 00:00:00

Today at 2 p.m., this Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015, I'll be sitting in federal Judge Nancy Edmond's court—room 858, located at 231 W. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Detroit—watching the ACLU of Michigan, in partnership with the ACLU National, argue one of Michigan's most important LGBT cases in history—Love v. Johnson

Funeral Home Director Fired for Being Transgender

Funeral Home Director Fired for Being Transgender

2016-08-18 00:00:00

Aimee Stephens worked as director of a Detroit-area funeral home for six years, responsible for preparing and embalming bodies.  Although she is transgender, she initially hid her female appearance and identity from her employer during her employment, presenting as male.  When Ms. Stephens informed her employer that she had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and would begin presenting as female at work, she was fired. 

Same-Sex Partners Can Keep Health Insurance

Same-Sex Partners Can Keep Health Insurance

2014-11-12 00:00:00

In 2011, the Michigan legislature passed, and Gov. Snyder signed, a mean-spirited bill that made it illegal for most public employers to voluntarily provide health insurance coverage to same-sex domestic partners of employees. The ACLU challenged the law in federal court on behalf of several couples, arguing that it denied them equal treatment under the law.

ACLU Renews Call for Legal Protections for Transgender People Following Attacks

ACLU Renews Call for Legal Protections for Transgender People Following Attacks

2015-08-13 00:00:00

In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights protections and hate-crime laws to include safeguards for gender identity and sexual orientation. Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project, issued the following statement today:

"We are both grief-stricken and outraged over separate shooting incidents, one of them fatal, involving two transgender women of color in the City of Detroit in the past week.

Michigan Lawmakers May Vote to Protect LGBT People from Discrimination

Michigan Lawmakers May Vote to Protect LGBT People from Discrimination

2014-12-02 00:00:00

This week will determine whether or not gay and transgender Michiganders are protected from discrimination.

On Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., the House Commerce Committee will hear testimony on legislation to update the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect LGBT people—and soon after, they may vote to decide if this critical, inclusive legislation advances.

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September 14, 2018 Foster Care, LGBT Rights, Family
A federal judge ruled today that the ACLU’s challenge to Michigan’s practice of allowing discrimination against same-sex couples in the public foster care...
September 19, 2017 Foster Care, LGBT, LGBT Rights, Family
Attorneys for the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court today to challenge the state’s practice of permitting state-funded child placement...
August 18, 2016 LGBT Rights
Aimee Stephens worked as director of a Detroit-area funeral home for six years, responsible for preparing and embalming bodies.  Although she is transgender,...
THE CASE In 2011 the Michigan Secretary of State’s office implemented a policy that prohibited transgender persons from correcting the gender marker on their...
In a victory for marriage equality, a federal judge ruled on January 15, 2015 that the state of Michigan must recognize the legal marriages of 300 same-sex...
November 12, 2014 LGBT Rights
In 2011, the Michigan legislature passed, and Gov. Snyder signed, a mean-spirited bill that made it illegal for most public employers to voluntarily provide...
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March 12, 2018 LGBT Rights, Student Rights
Today the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan filed a motion in federal court asking to intervene in a lawsuit that was filed against...
The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit in district court challenging Michigan’s practice of permitting state-contracted...
Statement from Amy Hunter, Transgender Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Michigan, on Senator Tom Casperson’s Anti-Transgender Legislation Sen. Tom Casperson...
Does religious freedom include the right to discriminate? The first amendment says you and your religious exercise are protected rights. But practicing your...
ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss today issued the following statement in response to reports that the ACLU of Michigan is not supporting a ballot...
In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights...
December 02, 2014 LGBT Rights
This week will determine whether or not gay and transgender Michiganders are protected from discrimination. On Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., the House...
November 12, 2014 LGBT Rights
In 2011, the Michigan legislature passed, and Gov. Snyder signed, a mean-spirited bill that made it illegal for most public employers to voluntarily provide...
September 11, 2014 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – A coalition of organizations committed to full equality for LGBT residents in Michigan applauded the introduction of legislation to update the state’...
June 28, 2013 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – A federal judge today temporarily prevented a state law from taking effect that would have barred many public entities from providing health...
January 05, 2012 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today asking the court to strike down a new state law that bans many...
December 22, 2011 LGBT Rights
DETROIT—The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today expressed deep concern over Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to sign a bill into law that would bar...
December 12, 2011 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged Governor Rick Snyder on behalf of four families to veto legislation that would ban public...
February 14, 2011 LGBT Rights
GRAND RAPIDS – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan welcomed today’s announcement by Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Michigan that...
February 11, 2011 LGBT Rights
Public universities can’t force student counselors to change their views, but can require them to follow curriculum. NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties...
November 06, 2007 LGBT Rights
LANSING — At a Michigan Supreme Court hearing today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the court to reject the Michigan Court of Appeals...
May 24, 2007 LGBT Rights
DETROIT — Encouraged by the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision today granting a request to appeal the Court of Appeals’ ruling that the state’s marriage...
November 24, 2003 LGBT Rights
DETROIT — In an unusual coalition of partners, three groups have jointly filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Ann Arbor Public School District...
Key leaders of the House of Representatives threatened last week to have a quick vote on a bill that would cut from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act the...
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that bans many public entities from providing health...
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