WARREN, Mich. (AP) | The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is poised to ask the new attorney general to reconsider her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination. The commission will decide Jan. 28 whether to make the request to Attorney General Dana Nessel at its scheduled meeting in the Detroit suburb of Warren. The commission in July directed the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to continue investigating complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity, despite then-Attorney General Bill Schuette’s opinion. He said last year the board overstepped when it said the state’s civil rights law covered those categories. Department director Agustin Arbulu said last year the commission wasn’t bound by Schuette’s opinion. Schuette’s office said it was binding on state agencies. Nessel’s office declined to comment before receiving a request. … [Read more...] about Commission poised to seek AG’s opinion on LGBT protections
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opinion Steve Sanders Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 Kimberly Hively was a part-time instructor at Ivy Tech’s South Bend campus. Seeking to advance professionally, she applied but was denied interviews for six different full-time positions. In 2014 she was fired. Hively sued in federal court, alleging she had been discriminated against because she’s a lesbian. Ivy Tech’s only defense was an argument that federal law did not prevent someone from being fired because they’re gay or lesbian. Last year, a federal court of appeals rejected Ivy Tech’s argument and ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination “because of … sex,” protects gays and lesbians. Actions “taken on the basis of sexual orientation,” the court explained, “are a subset of actions taken on the basis of sex.” Hively wouldn’t have been fired if she sought … [Read more...] about Op-ed: Where does Kavanaugh stand on LGBT issues?
David Eggert The Associated Press Published 1:57 p.m. UTC Jul 24, 2018 LANSING — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Monday directed an agency to continue investigating complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, days after the state attorney general declared the basis for the probes to be invalid because state law does not protect LGBT people from discrimination. The board reiterated its support for a statement, which it issued in May, interpreting the word "sex" in the state's 1976 civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, had issued an opinion Friday saying the commission overstepped. He said "sex" refers to the biological differences between males and females — not sexual orientation or gender identity — and only the Legislature or voters can expand the law to protect LGBT citizens. "The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is an … [Read more...] about Civil rights commission rejects AG opinion on LGBT discrimination
Hillary Clinton Editor’s note: This piece was penned exclusively for the Philadelphia Gay News and shared with Watermark and other LGBT outlets nationwide. PGN reached out to the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to discuss LGBT issues in advance of next month’s election. Clinton provided PGN this exclusive op-ed detailing her LGBT-rights record and her goals for future LGBT-equality efforts. The offer remains open for Trump. (Clinton wrote an exclusive op-ed for Watermark in June following the Pulse tragedy. You can read that here). More than half a century ago, at Independence Hall, participants at the first Annual Reminder march picketed, chanted and sang. They did this to show their fellow Philadelphians that the LGBT community lacked fundamental civil rights. In the decades since those protests, our country has come a long way. Marriage equality is the law of the land. This year, the last state law prohibiting … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton decries hate in Orlando in new LGBT op-ed
Those who voted for Brexit had not changed their minds, he said.James McGrory, one of the organizers, said voters were "made all kinds of promises" during the Brexit referendum.The economic damage means the Treasury has less money to spend on public services and knocks on the head the idea that Britain will enjoy a "Brexit dividend" when it no longer has to contribute to the European budget, it said.He told BBC Radio 4's Today that the firm wanted a soft Brexit with "minimum friction", saying the Government had presided over "two years of not having achieved what we were promised, which is that this was all going to be easy".Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has slammed businesses for issuing warnings about Brexit uncertainty.Brexit Secretary David Davis told the Dialy Express the prime minister was going to get a "good deal" from Brussels and Brexit was going to be "fantastic".Organizers say that if a Brexit deal is rejected by the Parliament, citizens should have a vote on any final terms … [Read more...] about Thousands march to call for ‘people’s vote’ on final Brexit deal