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PHOTOS: 300 Michigan same-sex couples wed during a one-day window of marriage equality

Same-sex marriage makes people cry

[All non-Twitter photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.]

Around 300 same-sex Michigan couples took advantage of a one-day window when they were allowed to marry legally yesterday. Four County Clerks — Nancy Waters in Muskegon, Barb Byrum in Ingham, Lawrence Kestenbaum in Washtenaw, and Lisa Brown in Oakland — opened their offices on Saturday to make it happen. The response was like a water-swollen damn bursting.

The infectious tears of happiness and relief flowed in crystal droplets of joy.

Gay marriage and #MImarriageequality makes people cry #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/45ge77QT7Z

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) March 22, 2014

Anne I started out at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office just as it was opening at 9 a.m.…

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REPOST INTERVIEW: Jayne Rowse & April DeBoer – taking on Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban to protect their family

The ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan can tear families apart

[left to right: April, Nolan, Jacob, Jayne, and Ryanne]

Tomorrow the trial of April DeBoer vs. Rick Sndyer begins. This trial has implications not on for our state but for the entire country. Although it started as a suit to give same-sex parents the same sorts of adoption rights as opposite-sex parents enjoy, it has become so much more than that. However, as April points out in her op-ed in the Detroit Free Press today, it is still, at its core, about two parents who wish to protect their children.…

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Equality Michigan’s annual dinner and awards banquet rocks the D

On Saturday night this past weekend, the heroes who are Equality Michigan had their annual fundraising dinner and awards banquet. Although a couple of hundred people attended, it was a surprisingly intimate event on the top floor of the Motor City Casino in Detroit. With the dramatic Detroit skyline dominating the room, LGBT activists and allies gathered to celebrate their achievements and to recognize those who have contributed the most to the cause over the past year.

The following awards were given out:

Partners in Progress AwardBadlands Strategies for their work organizing the Unity Coalition and being a major contributor to the recent success of the One Royal Oak campaign.…

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SAVE THE DATE: Valentine Dinner/Fundraiser for marriage equality in Michigan – Feb. 13, 2014 in Livonia

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Late last year, Anne and I traveled to the home of Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, a same-sex couple with adopted children who find themselves at the center of a fierce legal battle over marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples in our state. Our interview got a lot of attention and spurred me on to do a one-week fundraiser to help with their legal costs.

During the course of that fundraiser, I spoke to the attorneys who are representing April and Jayne and learned that they need to raise between a half million and three quarters of a million dollars to pay for the expert witnesses and other legal costs associated with a legal case this momentous.…

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Utah conservative bigots celebrate New Years Eve by asking SCOTUS to let them keep being bigots re: marriage equality

Bigot is as bigot does

Anti-marriage equality bigots in Utah have asked the Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages in their state after a federal judge found their statewide ban unconstitutional. Since the decision, same sex couples have been getting married in droves. The petitioners today described each of these marriages this way:

Each one, the state said in its petition, “is an affront not only to the interests of the state and its citizens in being able to define marriage through ordinary democratic channels,” but also to the Supreme Court.

They’ll have to wait a few days, it seems, because the request goes first to Justice Sotomayor who is busy tonight.…

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Gov Snyder puts letting others lead on LGBT civil rights on his agenda


[Caricature by DonkeyHotey from photos by Anne C. Savage for Eclectablog]

In a year-end interview with MLive, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the bold step of letting others lead on providing basic civil rights protections for members of the LGBT community. It was a proud moment:

Gay-rights advocates were quick to point out that Michigan law does not currently protect gays and lesbians from workplace or housing discrimination, but they expressed hope that Snyder’s language may have signaled his willingness to update the law.

The Republican governor, sitting down with MLive last week for a year-end interview, said he is willing to participate in talks about the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act but does not plan to lead them.

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INTERVIEW: Jayne Rowse & April DeBoer – the women taking on Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban to protect their family

The ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan can tear families apart

[left to right: April, Nolan, Jacob, Jayne, and Ryanne]

A few years ago, what started as a family vacation in Ohio nearly ended up in a fatal car crash for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. The two nurses had their three adopted children with them and the close call made them realize that they needed to have a plan in place in case something one or both of them. That’s when they learned that, no matter how carefully and thoroughly they planned, a judge could throw it out the window and send their kids to live with relatives they may not even know.…

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After U.S. Senate passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, John Dingell compares it to the Civil Rights Act

“This is about treating all people fairly, with honor, dignity, and respect.”

Today the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would end discrimination based on sexual orientation. It seems unlikely the House Speaker John Boehner will even allow it to come to a vote in the House. Being this close to equality for all Americans in the LGBT community and being stopped by a single individual is infuriating.

Dean of the House Congressman John Dingell compares ENDA to his votes for Civil Rights legislation throughout his long history in the House of Representatives:

Today’s Senate vote shows clear, bipartisan support for ending all forms of discrimination in the workplace.…
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BREAKING: Royal Oak, Michigan voters uphold human rights ordinance prohibiting LGBT discrimation

Love is love

One Royal Oak, an LGBT advocacy coalition in Royal Oak, Michigan claims a huge victory tonight as voters preserved a human rights ordinance that prevents discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity.

From the One Royal Oak folks:

Voters in Royal Oak have passed Proposal A, upholding a Human Rights Ordinance the Royal Oak Commission passed in March of this year. Despite an organized effort by the anti-equality industry, Royal Oak becomes the 30th municipality in Michigan to pass such an ordinance.

“This victory belongs to the hundreds of volunteers who came together to stand with their gay and transgender friends, family members, and neighbors to have the conversation about fairness as a Royal Oak value,” said Chris Riley, a Royal Oak native and campaign manager of One Royal Oak.

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Rick Snyder takes 114 words to say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about equal employment rights for gay & lesbian citizens

Let’s dance

[Caricature by DonkeyHotey from photos by Anne C. Savage for Eclectablog]

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is clearly practicing for his court appearance in Detroit on Monday where he’ll testify in the court hearing to determine if the city is eligible to go into bankruptcy. Yesterday, Snyder was asked about his opinion about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Michiganders being fired for their sexual orientation. Thanks to Michigan law — the Elliott-Larsen Act — this is perfectly legal. What unfolded was a masterful bit of verbal dancing in which the governor’s lips, tongue, and jaws moved, sounds were emitted from his mouth in the form of English words, and sentences were constructed from the words but in which he said absolutely nothing.…

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