LGBT Organizations Celebrate Pro-Equality Victories in Michigan

LGBT Organizations Celebrate Pro-Equality Victories in Michigan

Pro-equality candidates advanced to the November general election: Senator Debbie Stabenow; Rep. Dan Kildee, Gretchen Driskell, Elissa Slotkin, Rep. Debbie Dingell, and Rep. Brenda Lawrence for United States Congress; State Rep. Jeremy Moss for Michigan State Senate; and Jennifer Suidan for Michigan State House.

In the U.S Senate race, LGBT organizations have endorsed incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow, who will face John James in the general election. Senator Stabebow is a longtime supporter of LGBTQ equality. She supported marriage equality; the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require school districts to adopt codes of conduct prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion. Stabenow is also a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s civil rights laws.

Anti-LGBTQ extremist Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette won the GOP nomination in the gubernatorial race. Schuette has a long record demonizing the LGBTQ community and undermining progress. In the past Schuette has filed suit to oppose protections for LGBTQ youth facing discrimination and bullying in schools, and supported a license to discriminate in mental health care. He also defended Michigan’s marriage ban all the way to the Supreme Court, and recently chose to ignore consistent legal precedent in issuing a formal opinion denying that LGBTQ Michiganders are protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, under the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

 

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