Tag Archives: Michigan

Quote Of The Day – L. Brooks Paterson

“Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough shit. I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a …

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MICHIGAN: Gay Murder Victim Met His Alleged Killers On Grindr

Detectives in Ann Arbor, Michigan say that a 71 year-old gay man was murdered by three men that he hooked up with on Grindr. Nineteen-year-old Richard Thompson, of Flat Rock, told police that when he was signaled by 20-year-old Rikky Ranger and 19-year-old Mark Paling, he got David Maurer in a chokehold while the two other men went through the …

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RNC Member Claims Gays Want Free Healthcare Because They All Have AIDS

“Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old. To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it’s in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong. – Republican National Committee member Dave Agema, speaking at a …

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Detroit Ruled Eligible For Bankruptcy, May Not Have To Pay Pension Obligations

This does not bode well for other cities. Via New York Times: The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending …

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MICHIGAN: State Calls Mark Regnerus As Witness In Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Last month a Michigan judge set February 25th as the trial date for the above-titled lawsuit to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. According to a filing released yesterday, the state is calling discredited researcher Mark Regnerus as an “expert witness” on their behalf.  As tipster Str8 Grandmother put it in an email, those documents from UCF can’t come …

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MICHIGAN: No Ruling Today, Tentative Trial Date Set For February 25th

Today’s was a summary judgment hearing as both sides had demanded an immediate ruling. Our side for marriage, the state for dismissal. The judge made neither side happy, instead ruling for a trial.

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LIVE VIDEO: Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Hearing Begins At 2:30PM Eastern

Anxious crowds are gathering outside the Detroit courthouse where a federal judge will today rule on the constitutionality of Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage. With a popular disco-era tune “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” gay rights advocates let their voices be heard before the start of a 2:30 p.m. hearing before U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman. The plaintiffs in …

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Freep This Michigan Poll

The poll is here. Don’t forget, today is the day that a federal judge is scheduled to rule on Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage.  Or as we like to call it, their Mehlman Bill. (Tipped by JMG reader Corey) NOTE: Disqus is have some hiccups this morning. It’s not you.

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WEDNESDAY: Michigan Marriage Hearing

On Wednesday, US District Judge Bernard Friedman is expected to issue a ruling on whether Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriages violates the Constitution.  Activists, officials, and same-sex couples are ready to move quickly in the event of a positive ruling. Should he lift the ban on same-sex marriage and decline to issue a stay while it’s being appealed, same-sex …

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Michigan Marriage Case: October 16th

A federal judge will hear arguments to overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on October 16th. The challenge to Michigan’s ban was in play before the Supreme Court spoke, but attorneys for a pair of Detroit-area nurses believe the decision helps their case. “If marriage is a fundamental right, then logic and emerging Supreme Court precedent dictate that the legitimacy …

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MICHIGAN: Lansing Unanimously Votes To Cut Sister City Ties To St. Petersburg

A symbolic but welcome gesture in Michigan: The city council voted unanimously last night to sever its “sister” relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia, over that city’s anti-gay policies, which effectively prohibits any expression of gay identity or support for equal rights for gay people. “I think all of us that sit at this dais believe that this is extremely important,” …

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Detroit Declares Bankruptcy

Yesterday the city of Detroit finally declared bankruptcy. The decision, confirmed by officials after it trickled out in late afternoon news reports, also amounts to the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in American history in terms of debt.  “This is a difficult step, but the only viable option to address a problem that has been six decades in the making,” said …

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MICHIGAN: Judge Cites DOMA Ruling, Allows Marriage Lawsuit To Proceed

Citing last week’s SCOTUS ruling on DOMA, a  Michigan judge has kept his word and will allow a lesbian couple to sue the state for marriage rights. From his ruling: “Plaintiffs’ equal protection claim has sufficient merit to proceed. The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. Jun. 26, 2013), has provided the …

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MICHIGAN: Federal Court Strikes Down Ban On Domestic Partners Benefits

Via press release from the ACLU: A federal judge today ruled that a state law that would have barred many public entities from providing health insurance to the domestic partners of their employees is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union and Kirkland & Ellis LLP challenged the law on behalf of five gay and lesbian public employees, as well as …

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MICHIGAN: AFA Calls On Governors To Defy SCOTUS On Same-Sex Marriage

The Michigan chapter of the American Family Association is calling on state governors to defy a possible SCOTUS ruling that would legalize same-sex marriage.

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NYT Ponders Legacy Of Ken Mehlman

The New York Times is wondering what Ken Mehlman’s legacy will be regarding LGBT rights. Mr. Mehlman, 46, remains the hyper-intense, guarded strategist he was in his Bush days, with the same habit of looking past people instead of meeting their eyes. He shuns most interviews and still deflects personal questions, as he did back when rumors about his sexuality …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip description: Marriage loses in Illinois. Plus, more surveys show support for marriage continues to climb across the country. And lawmakers introduce not one, but four different bills to legalize marriage in Michigan. We’ll go over the differences and take a look at public opinion.

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MICHIGAN: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Repeal Introduced In State Senate

Yesterday Democrats in the Michigan state Senate introduced a bill to repeal the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Republicans hold the majority in both state chambers. A measure introduced Wednesday would amend the Michigan Constitution to remove a 2004 prohibition on same-sex marriage. The measure needs two-thirds support in the Republican-led House and Senate to make the statewide ballot. Another …

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Santorum Is Back On With MI School

The Michigan high school that two days ago rescinded their invitation for Rick Santorum to speak before a student assembly has re-invited him.  Grosse Pointe Public School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Harwood says former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s speech will happen in the district, after a brief cancelation and a few ruffled political feathers. Wednesday, Santorum had accused school officials …

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MICHIGAN: Public High School Cancels Assembly Speech By Rick Santorum

A public high school in Michigan has canceled the planned speech by Rick Santorum, who was scheduled to appear at an all school assembly later this month. The cancellation came Monday after district officials requested a copy of Santorum’s speech and were denied access, district spokeswoman Rebecca Fannon said Tuesday afternoon. Outlaw sent an email to parents Monday explaining they …

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