LGBTQ+ advocates worry about fate of same-sex marriage as SCOTUS weighs overturning Roe v. Wade
As the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear in December a challenge to Mississippi’s abortion ban that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — some LGBTQ+ advocates are concerned that threats to same-sex marriage are on the horizon. The Supreme Court only ruled six years ago to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell […]
Michigan’s AG marks LGBTQ Pride Month with irreverent email
In a fundraising email Wednesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel reminded her supporters that she is gay right in the subject line. “[Name,] I’m gay,” wrote Nessel. The email came during the first week of LGBTQ Pride Month, which was recognized for the first time in Michigan’s history in the Senate on Thursday. Nessel, a Democrat […]
Michigan Senate recognizes June as Pride Month for the 1st time
The state Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution to recognize June 2021 as LGBTQ Pride Month — the first time in Michigan history. “The rebellions, legal challenges and the visibility of LGBTQ people you know and care about finally led to the symbolic, yet incredibly significant first-ever recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month from the Michigan […]
Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that for the first time ever, they have bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature for key LGBTQ rights legislation. The bills would expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. There have been several attempts in […]
There’s been a lot of talk about government transparency. But will the Legislature take action?
Transparency and accountability have been buzzwords on both sides of the aisle in Michigan. Michigan scored an F in the Center for Public Integrity’s 2015 State Integrity Investigation and ranked worst in the country for state government accountability and transparency. Since then, dozens of measures have been introduced, but many haven’t been signed into law. […]
Michigan LGBTQ rights effort submits almost 500K signatures
The COVID-19 pandemic wounded an effort to ban discrimination in jobs and housing for LGBTQ people in Michigan this year. But on Tuesday, the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign announced it turned in almost 500,000 signatures for an initiative that could be taken up by the Legislature or go on the 2022 ballot. “Michigan stands […]
After a long logjam in the Senate, lawmakers hopeful of breakthrough in open-records reforms
A bill package discussed by a Senate committee Tuesday would not just improve Michigan’s subpar Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws, but make them among the best in the country, according to sponsors state Sens. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan). The two lawmakers have been working on legislation to add some much-needed “sunshine” […]
Senate panel to take up long-stalled bipartisan FOIA reform bills
Government transparency bills from an unlikely pair of lawmakers have managed to score a Senate hearing, after many years of the chamber resisting their calls to consider the legislation. State Sens. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) drafted the first iteration of the large bill package together when they served in the state House […]
Lying to get petition signatures is legal in Michigan. Can that change without hurting free speech?
As one of 26 states that allow citizen-led ballot initiatives, Michigan’s petition process makes it relatively easy for citizens to enact — and sometimes reject — laws passed by the state Legislature. It also is easy for circulators to mislead voters, as Michigan is just one of a few states that does not prohibit lying […]
Column: Here’s our new legislative partnership to fight racism and anti-Semitism
The murder of George Floyd has exposed what many who grow up facing discrimination already knew: This nation still has a long way to go to eradicate the stain of racism and hatred. The outrage in our state and around the country is palpable. But we don’t have the luxury of merely being angry. We must not wait […]
A rainbow wave? More than 880 LGBTQs are running for office in 2020.
According to a recent report, 2020 is shaping up to be a historic year for LGBTQ elected officials in the United States with more openly LGBTQ people running for office than ever before. Research from the Victory Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to help LGBTQ people get elected to office, more than 880 openly […]
Moss on LGBTQ Pride Month: ‘I’m begging for respect in the chamber’
For the sixth time as a state lawmaker, state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) on Wednesday urged his colleagues in the Senate to pass a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. And for the sixth time, both chambers of the GOP-controlled Legislature opted out of voting on such measures. “I’m begging for respect in the […]