LGBT Rights

ACLU Challenges Discriminatory Practices in Michigan’s Foster Care System

ACLU Challenges Discriminatory Practices in Michigan’s Foster Care System

2017-09-20 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit in district court challenging Michigan’s practice of permitting state-contracted child placement agencies to reject qualified same-sex couples based on the agencies’ religious beliefs.

Dumont v. Lyon: Standing Up for Children in Foster Care in Michigan

Dumont v. Lyon: Standing Up for Children in Foster Care in Michigan

2017-09-19 00:00:00

Attorneys for the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court today to challenge the state’s practice of permitting state-funded child placement agencies to use religious criteria to turn away lesbian and gay prospective foster and adoptive parents. The legislature passed a law in 2015 with the purpose of codifying that practice.

After Court Loss, Funeral Home Claims Religion Justifies Firing Transgender Woman

After Court Loss, Funeral Home Claims Religion Justifies Firing Transgender Woman

2016-05-09 00:00:00

For decades transgender people have been fired or turned away from jobs just because of who they are. Courts and federal agencies are finally starting to recognize this for what it is — illegal sex discrimination — and they’re holding employers accountable.

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

2016-04-06 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 7, 2016

With the state legislature on a two-week spring break, it’s an opportune time to talk about other avenues of lobbying around which the ACLU of Michigan organizes our policy efforts. Having support from elected House and Senate members is crucial to passing legislation that furthers our policy goals, and gaining that support often looks much more like a road map than simply checking off a list of supportive legislators.

ACLU of Michigan Coalition Partner: Why Being "Good" on Discrimination Isn't Always "Good Enough"

ACLU of Michigan Coalition Partner: Why Being "Good" on Discrimination Isn't Always "Good Enough"

2016-02-05 00:00:00

The following is an excerpt from the "Great, Not Big" blog, which is authored by Carl Erickson, CEO and cofounder of Atomic Object, a software product development company with offices in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Atomic Object is a member of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, co-founded by the ACLU of Michigan with the goal of updating Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Attempts to Scapegoat Group for Questioning Ballot Strategy

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Attempts to Scapegoat Group for Questioning Ballot Strategy

2015-12-01 00:00:00

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss today issued the following statement in response to reports that the ACLU of Michigan is not supporting a ballot initiative to update the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Why HIV Diagnosis Still Carries Stigma in Michigan

Why HIV Diagnosis Still Carries Stigma in Michigan

2015-12-01 00:00:00

When Charlie Sheen publicly announced that he is a person living with HIV, I was struck by two things: Sheen shared that, since his diagnosis four years ago, he has been on antiretroviral medications and his viral load is currently undetectable (meaning there are so few copies of the HIV virus in his blood that tests cannot register it).

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September 19, 2017 Foster Care, LGBT, LGBT Rights, Family
Attorneys for the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court today to challenge the state’s practice of permitting state-funded child placement...
August 18, 2016 LGBT Rights
Aimee Stephens worked as director of a Detroit-area funeral home for six years, responsible for preparing and embalming bodies.  Although she is transgender,...
THE CASE In 2011 the Michigan Secretary of State’s office implemented a policy that prohibited transgender persons from correcting the gender marker on their...
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...
November 12, 2014 LGBT Rights
In 2011, the Michigan legislature passed, and Gov. Snyder signed, a mean-spirited bill that made it illegal for most public employers to voluntarily provide...
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The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit in district court challenging Michigan’s practice of permitting state-contracted...
Statement from Amy Hunter, Transgender Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Michigan, on Senator Tom Casperson’s Anti-Transgender Legislation Sen. Tom Casperson...
Does religious freedom include the right to discriminate? The first amendment says you and your religious exercise are protected rights. But practicing your...
ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss today issued the following statement in response to reports that the ACLU of Michigan is not supporting a ballot...
In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights...
December 02, 2014 LGBT Rights
This week will determine whether or not gay and transgender Michiganders are protected from discrimination. On Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., the House...
November 12, 2014 LGBT Rights
In 2011, the Michigan legislature passed, and Gov. Snyder signed, a mean-spirited bill that made it illegal for most public employers to voluntarily provide...
September 11, 2014 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – A coalition of organizations committed to full equality for LGBT residents in Michigan applauded the introduction of legislation to update the state’...
June 28, 2013 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – A federal judge today temporarily prevented a state law from taking effect that would have barred many public entities from providing health...
January 05, 2012 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today asking the court to strike down a new state law that bans many...
December 22, 2011 LGBT Rights
DETROIT—The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today expressed deep concern over Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to sign a bill into law that would bar...
December 12, 2011 LGBT Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged Governor Rick Snyder on behalf of four families to veto legislation that would ban public...
February 14, 2011 LGBT Rights
GRAND RAPIDS – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan welcomed today’s announcement by Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Michigan that...
February 11, 2011 LGBT Rights
Public universities can’t force student counselors to change their views, but can require them to follow curriculum. NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties...
November 06, 2007 LGBT Rights
LANSING — At a Michigan Supreme Court hearing today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the court to reject the Michigan Court of Appeals...
May 24, 2007 LGBT Rights
DETROIT — Encouraged by the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision today granting a request to appeal the Court of Appeals’ ruling that the state’s marriage...
November 24, 2003 LGBT Rights
DETROIT — In an unusual coalition of partners, three groups have jointly filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Ann Arbor Public School District...
Key leaders of the House of Representatives threatened last week to have a quick vote on a bill that would cut from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act the...
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that bans many public entities from providing health...
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