LGBT Rights

Wayne County Takes a Stand for Equality

Wayne County Takes a Stand for Equality

2014-02-21 00:00:00

Across Michigan, cities and townships are passing anti-discrimination policies that respect the rights of LGBT men and women. As of this week, the largest county in Michigan has joined them in standing for equality!

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano signed an order expanding equal employment and non-discrimination workplace policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The county follows Washtenaw and Ingham counties in stepping in and compensating for an outdated state law.

Federal Judge Blocks Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

Federal Judge Blocks Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

2013-06-28 00:00:00

DETROIT – A federal judge today temporarily prevented a state law from taking effect that would have barred many public entities from providing health insurance to the domestic partners of their employees, finding it to be unconstitutional.

The ACLU and Kirkland & Ellis LLP challenged the law on behalf of five gay and lesbian public employees, as well as their long-term domestic partners, who either lost their health insurance or would have lost their insurance as a result of the law.

Federal Judge Hears Challenge Against Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

Federal Judge Hears Challenge Against Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

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 insurance to the domestic partners of their employees. The ACLU also asked the judge to block the ban until a decision is issued.

Life Lessons Learned at the Alternative Prom

Life Lessons Learned at the Alternative Prom

2012-05-30 00:00:00

The other night I attended the West Michigan Alternative Prom, sponsored by Fountain Street Church. As I walked into the gym, I saw a group of diligent young folks sitting around the table, talking and laughing, having just finished decorating for the prom.

I tottered to the kitchen balancing my cake-donation, and my ACLU literature in my hands and thought how fun the evening would be for everyone. Who doesn't like a prom?

Standing up For the Future: How Could I Not?

Standing up For the Future: How Could I Not?

2012-04-06 00:00:00

Shortly after the New Jersey legislature passed its marriage equality bill earlier this year, I drafted a letter to Gov. Chris Christie.

Many around the country did the same to urge the Governor to sign the bill into law.

How could I not?

In part, I wrote:

"I am compelled to let you know that denying anyone the right to marry is not a battle that young people are willing to fight. My peers, both Republicans and Democrats, don't view homosexuality as any less than heterosexuality.”

Who’s Elliott Larsen? Searching for Equality in Michigan

Who’s Elliott Larsen? Searching for Equality in Michigan

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Lately, I've been hearing a lot of talk here in Western Michigan about the mysterious Elliott Larsen.

Seems like everyone is meeting, planning, forming opinions, and talking about this “Elliott Larsen” over coffee.  Even my good friend Susan asked me in a hushed voice, "Just who is this Elliott Larsen?"

As it turns out, Elliott Larsen isn’t a person – it is an Act.

ACLU Challenges Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

ACLU Challenges Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

2012-01-05 00:00:00

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 public entities from providing health care insurance to the domestic partners of their employees. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of school teachers, city and county workers and their domestic partners who will lose their health insurance as a result of the law.

ACLU Blasts Governor Snyder for Signing Domestic Partner Benefits Ban, Vows Legal Challenge

ACLU Blasts Governor Snyder for Signing Domestic Partner Benefits Ban, Vows Legal Challenge

2011-12-22 00:00:00

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 public employers from providing domestic partner protections to their employees. The ACLU has vowed to challenge the constitutionality of the law on behalf of families who will lose their health protections.

Don’t Sign Away Michigan Families’ Health

Don’t Sign Away Michigan Families’ Health

2011-12-15 00:00:00

Last week, thousands of Michiganders spoke out against House Bills 4770 and 4771, urging Governor Snyder to do the right thing for Michigan families and veto this bad legislation.

This morning, Governor Snyder asked the State House to provide a specific clarification that the colleges and universities are exempt from the ban on domestic partner benefits that House Bills 4770 and 4771.

ACLU Urges Governor Snyder to Protect Michigan Families, Veto Anti-Domestic Partner Bills

ACLU Urges Governor Snyder to Protect Michigan Families, Veto Anti-Domestic Partner Bills

2011-12-12 00:00:00

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 employers from providing domestic partner benefits. House Bills 4770 and 4771 passed the State House and Senate late last week.

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