PrideSource - Michigan Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 02 Jul 2015 01:02 EST 02 Jul 2015 01:02 EST June 26: Affirmations Of Love And Family In Braun Court <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>"We were an army. Private citizens and grassroots - good people trying to do the right thing. I am tremendously proud of the legal system today. I am so proud of Judge Friedman who ordered a trial. I am so proud of Judge Martha Daughtrey who wrote that valiant dissent (in the 6th Circuit decision). I am proud of the five justices that authored the majority opinion in this case, for resolving issues of enormous importance in our society." said Carole Stanyar, attorney for the DeBoer family 'You Can't Win A Case That You Never File' <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>In 2011, when April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse approached Dana Nessel for legal counsel they primarily sought to change Michigan's adoption code, one of the most restrictive in the country as it pertains to same-sex couples and their ability to adopt children. DeBoer-Rowse: The Journey To Equality Always About The Children <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse describe "actively stumbling" into their lawsuit against the state of Michigan. Signorile Speaks On Future Of LGTB Activism Gay rights activist, author and radio show host Michelangelo Signorile is not known for being a wallflower when it comes to LGBT equality issues. The End Of Michigan For Marriage? Gina Calcagno is in charge of the day to day advocacy for the Michigan For Marriage campaign, management of press statements, organizing community conversations and connecting with LGBT couples in the state. Michigan Politicians Quick To Respond To Supreme Court Marriage Ruling LANSING - Within hours of the release of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages across the country, Michigan politicians on both sides of the issue were commenting on it. "Same-sex marriage has been a divisive issue in Michigan and across our country. Recognizing that there are strong feelings on both sides, it is important for everyone to respect the judicial process and the decision today from the U.S. Supreme Court," Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press statement released less than 30 minutes after the decision was announced. "Our state government will follow the law and our state agencies will make the necessary changes to ensure that we will fully comply." By 10:30 a.m., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - which oversees marriage licensing - had issued new, gender neutral marriage forms as well as guidance to all county clerks in Michigan, said Jennifer Smith, a spokesperson for the department. Obituary: Grace McClelland <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Grace McClelland, former executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 16. McClelland, 57, was born in Camden, N.J. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School she studied law and criminal justice at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. and later did graduate work in psychology at California Coast University in Santa Ana, Calif. McClelland worked for over two decades in the non-profit arena often focusing on youth causes. Ingham Celebrates Marriage Equality Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has been issuing multiple marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Decision Day Resource Center <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan for Marriage has created a Michigan Decision Day Resource Center to help LGBT couples across the state navigate their marriage in upcoming months. Pushback: GOP Dominated Legislature, Marriage Equality And Mini-RFRAs <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Lawmakers expect an affirmative ruling from the Supreme Court bringing marriage equality across the country, but they also expect a fierce movement to "chip away" at those rights by the state's Republican majority. State Rep. Sponsors Bills To Aid Gender ID Changes On Michigan Driver's Licenses <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>State Rep. Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, introduced legislation June 18 that would create a process for individuals who need to change the gender marker on a driver's or chauffeur's license and a state-issued identification card. Snyder Signs RFRA-Style Adoption Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Gov. Rick Snyder has signed controversial legislation that would allow state funded adoption agencies to refuse services to potential adoptive families based on the agencies' "sincerely held religious or moral beliefs." Snyder, Legislature Pass Litany Of Intolerant, Regressive Bills <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Last week was especially bad for anyone in Michigan who cares about children, equality, justice, fairness and economic progress. Here is a litany of backwater, intolerant, anti-economic development bills passed in Michigan's legislature in just one week: Michigan Couples, Clerks Anticipate Hurdles To Same-Sex Marriage <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>How quickly county clerks will be able to implement a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court is unclear. State officials tell BTL that the necessary new forms and policies are stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire and in, some instances, a holding pattern. APM And HARC Merger Moves Forward <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Following a trend that is affecting AIDS Service Organizations around the country, AIDS Partnership Michigan and HIVAIDS Resource Center decided to work toward a formal merger of their organizations on Jan. 1. Gay Teacher: Gerry Crane's Story <img src='' style='width:250px'><br/>Nearly two decades after the events around Gerry Crane's life, LGBT teachers remain at risk in many Michigan school districts and beyond, which is largely why a Grand Rapids attorney is writing a book about Gerry Crane titled, "Gay Teacher, A Story About Love, Hate Lessons Yet to be Learned." Sexual Minority Young Adults At Higher Risk Of Suicide A recent analysis conducted by a Central Michigan University professor has indicated that prejudice and discrimination can lead to health issues for LGBT young adults. A Bad Day For Michigan's Families & Children The Michigan League for Public Policy a statement on the House vote to eliminate the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Senate's approval of a package of bills allowing agencies to deny adoptive and foster placements based on religious beliefs. http://www.pridesource