Civil Rights Commission tables request to include LGBT community in anti-discrimination law

A crowd waits to address the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on a request to interpret the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity under a ban on sex discrimination Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Lansing, Mich. The commission tabled that request after an informal interpretation from Assistant Attorney General Ron Robinson that they did not have legal authority to make that call.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission moved to table a request from an advocacy group to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the state’s current ban on sex discrimination.

 

The request, put forward by Equality Michigan, asked the commission to issue an interpretative statement including protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the confines of the current civil rights law, specifically through a ban on discrimination based on sex.  Read More

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Michigan Civil Rights Commission may declare LGBT discrimination unlawful

A long-stalled movement to make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people may gain traction — not in the Legislature but with a Michigan board that is being asked to declare that such discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will meet Monday to consider the request after two months of receiving public feedback, including roughly 300 comments. The interpretive statement, if issued, would say that discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is a form of sex discrimination outlawed under the state’s 1976 civil rights law.  Read More

Abdul El-Sayed Visits Kalkaska, MI

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul Abdul El-Sayed talks to a voter.El-Sayed made a campaign stop in Kalkaska Tuesday night, where he spent an hour speaking to a group of about 25 people. Kalkaska made national news this summer for the Islamophobic views of its’ village president, Jeff Sieting. El-Sayed is Muslim, and attendees were happy that he still chose to visit Kalkaska. Danielle Seabolt is the Chair of the Kalkaska County Democrats, who hosted El-Sayed:  Read More

 

 

Bigotry motivated by religion is still bigotry

The Trump Administration had a choice last week to either support a gay couple just trying to buy a wedding cake or the baker who refused to make one for them.

Surprise: The president jumped aboard the bigoted baker bandwagon.

You would think that the Department of Justice would have better things to do, but it has joined the coming Supreme Court debate over whether business owners can refuse service for a same-sex couple on grounds of free speech and religious freedom. It filed an amicus brief that argues that the State of Colorado violated the rights of Jack Phillips after he had been cited for discrimination for refusing to do for two men what he does for every other affianced duo.  Read More

TN woman’s gives stunning parallel that captures the insidiousness of victim blaming

Political and social commentary on Facebook is2bcd989182b73dd536e2f09ce223268c-3_3.jpg common, and the posts of well-known celebrities and politicians often go viral. But every now and then, we get some jewels from every day people sharing their perspective on important issues—and they light up the Internet.

 

Such is the case of Bree Wiseman on July 19, 2017. Wiseman used her Facebook Timeline to post about rape and the secondary assault by society and the courts against rape victims after the crime. In Wiseman’s post, you see the image of her dog sitting obediently as he waits for his favorite meal. Here is her Facebook post made public and shared over a quarter of a million times.  Read More

Police brutality is no joke, Mr. President

OF ALL the irresponsible things that President Trump has said — and there have been far too many — perhaps nothing threatens to do greater damage than his remarks encouraging police to use excessive force. That was demonstrated by the swift public condemnations of his comments from police officials, who understand better than anyone that public safety is not well served if police are seen to be above the law and distrusted.

“Please don’t be too nice” was Mr. Trump’s admonition, to a gathering of law enforcement officials, about arresting and transporting suspects. “When you guys,” he said Friday at an event on Long Island, “put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?” As alarming as his comments were, even more jarring was the spectacle of officers in uniform cheering and applauding. Do they need a reminder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray and how he died from a spinal injury after transport in a Baltimore police van in 2015?  Read More