PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 17 Apr 2014 17:17 EST 17 Apr 2014 17:17 EST Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The discriminatory consequences of Gov. Rick Snyder's actions were recounted through the lives of eight Michigan same-sex couples during an emotional press conference Monday. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit, Caspar v Snyder, on behalf of the couples, who where legally married on March 22, after U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the ban prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional. The opportunity to marry was short-lived and took place in just four Michigan counties that opened on a Saturday, before a stay pursued by Attorney General Bill Schuette was issued preventing more same sex couples from marrying. Judge Takes Up Ban On Domestic Partner Benefits Ultimate LGBT Wedding Expo A Smashing Success SOUTHFIELD - It was a nice day for a white wedding at the fourth annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo. More than 600 people attended the Expo, which took place Saturday at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. Couples Celebrate Love And Acceptance at LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Southfield got glammed up and fancy this past Saturday, celebrating an LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo held at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. There was a big turnout ranging from newly married couples, long standing couples, to partners browsing the booths together getting ideas for how they want their celebration to look. The center was filled with balloons and smiling faces. Cake samples and copious amounts of coupons for local businesses, all there to show support for the LGBT community, were handed out to desiring attendees. The joy and celebration of romance was truly in the air Saturday as couples, holding hands, came together with the Metro Detroit community to showcase love in all its forms. Graduating Gay: LGBT Spring Events at Local Universities <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Gay-Owned Espresso & Gelato Shop Finds Niche in Detroit Gay-owned business, Melt Espresso Gelato, has opened in Midtown, adding to the continuing growth of Detroit as a center for LGBT prosperity and culture. Aaron Haithcock, originally from Texas, opened the business in October after a long journey of love. "It took three and a half years to open; I had to apply for a loan three different times," he says, "I had to keep resubmitting for it. It took lots of time... time was definitely an issue." Negotiating for a spot in the area took over a year alone. Dine Out For Life April 24 <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> 2014 Good Neighbors = Strong Community Award Recipients Announced <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> LGBT Caucus Seating Available At Upcoming MDP Dinner, Bill Clinton To Keynote <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> ACLU Files Lawsuit: State Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to ensure that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples that took place last month are recognized by the state. GALLERY: The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Runway Show BREAKING: ACLU To File Lawsuit: State Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Albion Students Demand Schuette Resign From College Board <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>ALBION - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was targeted Apr. 4 by student protesters demanding his resignation from the board of Albion College. Albion College students say they want Schuette to resign from the Board of Trustees of the small liberal arts college in Calhoun county. They say Schuette's decision to appeal last month's federal court ruling striking down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage violates the college's non-discrimination policy and mission statement. Equality Michigan Remembers Dr. Henry Messer, April 13 <img src=' Messer(1).jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Longtime community activist, Triangle Foundation co-founder and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Henry Messer passed away peacefully the around 5am on February 18, 2014 at the age of 86 in his Dearborn Heights, Michigan home. His partner of 63 years, Carl House, as well as close friends were with him at the time of his passing. Affirmations Celebrates 25 Years Of Service At Silver Jubilee <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - For 25 years, Affirmations has provided a home for the LGBT community of southeast Michigan. That history was celebrated by more than 500 people at the Silver Jubilee dinner April 5 at Cobo Hall's newly renovated Riverfront Ballroom. The evening raised well over $100,000 for the community center in Ferndale. Saginaw City To Vote On Ordinance <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>SAGINAW - Saginaw City is posed to become the next municipality in Michigan to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that protects LGBT people in employment and public accommodation. The push for passage of a non-discrimination ordinance is being led by Councilwoman Annie Boensch. VIDEO: Affirmations Silver Jubilee Presentation <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/> Suspect Sketch Released In Ypsi Anti-Gay Attack <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Three men beat a woman after saying they recognized her from news coverage as one of the people who got married on March 22 while the Washtenaw County Clerk was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples...The Ann Arbor-based Jim Toy Community Center serves Washtenaw's LGBT community.The Center echoes the call by police for anyone with information to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office's confidential tip line at 734-973-7711. Prominent Detroit Minister 'Comes Out' As Ally <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT- Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors has come out. The highly respected African American pastor and scholar was so appalled by a group of black pastors' recent demonstration against same-sex marriage in Detroit that he could not stay silent any more. "I am coming out of the closet as a heterosexual, male pastor, with all the privileges this has afforded me in more than 30 years of ministry, to say that I do believe in gay rights. I also believe that if gays love each other in the way I love my wife, in the way that any man-husband loves his woman-wife, it is perfectly fine for them to be married," Nabors wrote in an open letter Mar. 4. 'Traditional Marriage' Not The Black Family Reality "For African Americans to demand that the ideal model is the only way, and we're going to take this to court to defend it - that simply has not been our reality," said Stringfellow. "Single mothers, two women, two men - the point is how have these children fared? It would be insulting to try to criticize the many single mothers who have done a spectacular job raising boys. Is it easy? No. It is not always easy. But in terms of family configuration it has always been varied for African Americans." LETTER: One Pastor Comes Out For Marriage Equality <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Is it any wonder that such a virulent group of clergy today is using their interpretation of scripture to justify their opposition to same-sex marriage and homosexuality? They are standing up to claim a sort of spiritual mandate from God that gives them permission to speak for people of faith. Many African American pastors and clergy are absolutely repulsed by those who argue that the issue of gay rights is the modern civil rights struggle of our day. As a matter of fact, many African Americans refuse to stand up and defend the LGBT community because their clergy has taught them that to do so is sinful.