The November elections were a sobering reminder of the state of affairs for the LGBT community in Michigan.
This November has been a difficult month for the LGBT community in Michigan. The november elections saw many candidates that oppose equality get into office, along with a Sixth Circuit court’s ruling to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The court explained its decision that “when the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers”. Though the intent behind the ruling is to leave the matter to the voters, proponents for marriage equality have already appealed the decision to the US Supreme Court. Prior to the sixth circuit court ruling, same-sex marriage had been upheld in 30+ cases throughout the year, protecting spousal benefits for couples that have been together for years.
So what is next?
With 32 States already allowing same-sex marriage, the trend towards equality is hard to ignore. For Michigan’s part, much of the state supports marriage equality, with polling showing anywhere from 47% – 54% of voters supporting marriage equality and anywhere from 36% – 46% opposing it (MSU, public policy, Free Press pollings). Michigan For Marriage – a campaign launched by Equality Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan, and Freedom to Marry – is having conversations with the public about the importance of marriage equality.
Also, for those who are worried about their healthcare coverage for 2015, Affirmations is working the Area Agency on Aging 1-B to assist the LGBT community in getting covered. You can find the times and dates here.