A new poll of 600 registered voters in Michigan shows increased support for ten key, and currently lacking, legal rights as they pertain to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Michigan. A proposed amendment to the state's civil rights law, which would prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT people, has support from 75.5% of Michigan voters, including 56% of strong Republican voters. Support for civil marriage equality increased 12.5% from last year to 56.8%, including 54% for a constitutional amendment reversing Michigan's 2004 ban and legalizing same-gender relationship recognition.
- Today Equality Michigan announced the appointment of Sommer Foster as the organization's new field organizer. As the organization's field organizer, Foster will coordinate the organization's outreach efforts throughtout the state and support activists working for policy change. Sommer will begin working immediately with the existing staff to advance local and statewide policy initiatives, and coordinate the organization's volunteers.
- This April, Equality Michigan and The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) stands in solidarity with survivors and victims of sexual assault in commemorating the 13th annual National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During this month, NCAVP raises awareness about this form of violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities and calls for an end to sexual assault. NCAVP calls on community members, anti-violence organizations, and public officials to take action in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month to end sexual assault in our communities.
- Equality Michigan's Board of Trustees has appointed Equality Michigan's director of policy, Emily Dievendorf, to the position of managing director of the organization. Emily will be empowered to lead the staff and organization. During her time as director of policy, Emily has been a driving force in the advancement of LGBT equality in Lansing and an integral part of the defeat of legislation which would have been detrimental to Michigan's LGBT communities.
- A federal judge today announced he was delaying his ruling on a case considering if Proposal 2, the 2004 Michigan ballot initiative that added discrimination to Michigan's Constitution when it banned same-sex relationship recognition, violates the United States Constitution. The judge will announce his ruling after considering the outcome of two marriage equality cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Last night, the Royal Oak City Commission passed an ordinance providing legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV positive people in regards to housing and employment discrimination with a vote of 6-1 in favor of passage. The victory makes Royal Oak the 22nd city in Michigan to pass such protections in absence of the State of Michigan providing discrimination protections for these frequently targeted communities.
- Equality Michigan has joined a broad nonpartisan coalition of equality organizations which have filed amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs in the landmark Perry v. Hollingsworth and Windsor vs. United States cases. The coalition brings to the Supreme Court the perspectives of LGBT people who live with dignity in every state without basic legal rights and protections.
- This afternoon a historic report was released during a presentation in Lansing, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights LGBT Inclusion Under Michigan Law is a comprehensive report and set of recommendations regarding the economic impact of LGBT discrimination. The report comes after a year-long effort to collect data and stories on the impact of LGBT discrimination. Outreach and data collection was supported by organizations and communities both opposed to and in favor of the reforms.