PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 27 Apr 2015 09:27 EST 27 Apr 2015 09:27 EST State Senate Committee Passes Adoption Discrimination Bills A Michigan Senate Committee has approved, on a party line vote, a three bill package opponents say would codify discrimination by adoption agencies. GOP Senate Source: MiRFRA Will Have Hearing Tuesday April 28, No Vote Expected <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, chair of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee, has confirmed with Between The Lines that the controversial Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MiRFRA) -- introduced as SB 4 by GOP Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake -- will receive a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday, April 28. A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal GOP political strategy discussions, says the committee will accept only written testimony, and the committee will adjourn with no vote. Oakland University To Offer Gender Studies Minor Oakland University will offer an LGBT studies minor this fall. Michigan Womyn's Fest Says 2015 Is Last Year <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Two weeks after national LGBT rights organizations pulled their names from a petition calling for a ban on the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (Michfest), founder Lisa Vogel announced the festival will be coming to an end. The 40th and final Michigan Womyn's Music Festival will be held in August of this year. Since its start in 1976, the festival was built, staffed, attended and run entirely by women but has been at the center of controversy for its exclusion of transgender women. The Road After SCOTUS Decision <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of legal recognition of same-sex marriage April 28. However, marriage equality is not the only legal and social fight affecting the LGBT community. Advocates And Academics Advance Equality At Inaugural 'Research To Action' Conference Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center will host its Equality Research to Action Conference 2015, the first LGBT research conference bringing academics and advocates together to advance equality. National Organizations Pull Support From Michfest Petition The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force both withdrew their support for the petition that seeks to end the "womyn-born-womyn" intention at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Obituary: Marvin Marks Longtime LGBT activist in metro Detroit, Marvin Marks, has passed away. SCOTUS Case Spurs Local Gatherings All across the state, supporters of same-sex marriage, legal scholars, community members, faith leaders and movement leaders will join together in celebration of the historic trial to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage. New Case Study to Michigan Lawmakers: 'Don't Repeat The Mistakes Of Indiana' A new case study is being sent by the Human Rights Commission to Michigan lawmakers urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills. Marriage Equality March Downtown Flint The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint will hold a Marriage Equality Vigil that will become a march for equality April 28. Emily Dievendorf Announces Campaign For Lansing City Council <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lansing resident Emily Dievendorf announced April 21 that she will be running for an At-Large seat on the Lansing City Council. Dievendorf is the former Executive Director of Equality Michigan, a statewide organization that has worked with cities like Lansing to pass non-discrimination ordinances and promote equality for LGBT residents. Anti-Gay Company Has Lapsed Michigan Mechanic's License <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Brian Klawiter, the Grandville business owner at the center of a firestorm of controversy because of his Facebook post that he would deny service to openly gay people, has not been a legally licensed mechanic in Michigan since Oct. 12, 2014. Controversial Anti-LGBT Mechanic Has Checkered Past