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Glass Half Full? Finding Hope in the Face of Michigan's Assault on LGBT Equality

Glass Half Full? Finding Hope in the Face of Michigan's Assault on LGBT Equality

2016-09-06 00:00:00

I’m a “glass half full” kind of guy, but it hasn’t been easy these past two months to feel optimistic about prospects for LGBT equality in Michigan.

That’s because we’ve seen a sadly high number of bad case decisions. Consider some of the rulings we’ve endured this summer:   

LOVE WINS: SCOTUS Makes Marriage Equality the Law of the Land

LOVE WINS: SCOTUS Makes Marriage Equality the Law of the Land

2015-06-26 00:00:00

Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, struck down discriminatory marriage bans in Michigan and three other states, its historic decision securing marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples all across the country.

The ruling invalidates discriminatory laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a practical matter, requires all 50 states to allow same-sex couples to marry.

One Year with the Woman I Love

One Year with the Woman I Love

2015-03-18 00:00:00

Almost one year ago, I looked into the eyes of Glenna, the woman I have loved for 27 years and said those two magical words that would forever seal our union as one.It was a long time coming. But on that day, Glenna and I unintentionally made history when we became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of Michigan.

Just the day before, Judge Friedman struck down Michigan’s marriage ban. That ruling was stayed, then appealed to the 6th Circuit which reversed the decision, and is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tolerating Intolerance: Free Speech and LGBT Equality

Tolerating Intolerance: Free Speech and LGBT Equality

2010-12-09 00:00:00

A government official writes a hateful blog about a gay activist. A high school teacher is suspended for removing students for anti-gay slurs. A couple college kids burn a rainbow flag during Pride week.

As the staff attorney for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Project here at the ACLU, I’m often asked to comment on situations that pit bigoted speech against LGBT equality.

June 26, 2015 Freedom to Marry
Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, struck...
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...
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June 26, 2015 Freedom to Marry
Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, struck...
March 18, 2015 Freedom to Marry
Almost one year ago, I looked into the eyes of Glenna, the woman I have loved for 27 years and said those two magical words that would forever seal our union...
December 09, 2010 Freedom to Marry
A government official writes a hateful blog about a gay activist. A high school teacher is suspended for removing students for anti-gay slurs. A couple college...
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