LANSING, MI — March 7th’s decision by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman to postpone his ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on pending cases is merely delaying the inevitable day when Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is struck down, said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson.

“While we are disappointed in Judge Friedman’s decision to wait for guidance from the Supreme Court, we believe today’s hearing continues the momentum toward equality for our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community here in Michigan,” said Johnson. “No matter what the final ruling is, the Michigan Democratic Party will continue to stand against discrimination and push for the repeal of Proposition 2, which denies same-sex couples the benefits afforded to other Michiganders. Even Judge Friedman admitted today, things change. We are on the right side of history, and equality will eventually prevail in this struggle.”

Attorneys from the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette argued against marriage equality at today’s hearing, while the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Michigan, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., National Center For Lesbian Rights, Family Equality Council, Affirmations Community Center, Equality Michigan, Ruth Ellis Center and KICK filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that that denying second-parent adoptions is unconstitutional.

The Michigan Democratic Party’s 2012 platform includes the following plank on LGBT equality:

We will vigorously promote measures that ensure the full civil rights of Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens.

The Michigan Democratic Party strongly opposes all measures that aim to criminalize same-gender relationships and conduct. We call for the repeal of 2004 Proposition 2, which under the guise of “protecting” marriage, has deprived same-sex couples of being eligible for medical insurance coverage, visitation rights, and many other employment benefits, as well as having incorporated discrimination into our State Constitution. Our opposition to these discriminatory measures is in accord with the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in state employment.
We strongly support the inclusion of LGBT persons in the protection given by the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act and Michigan’s Ethnic Intimidation Act. We favor the addition of sexual orientation to the equal protection and non-discrimination provisions of Article I, Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution.
We support full inclusion of LGBT families in the life of our state and seek equal responsibilities, benefits and protections for those families, including the right to adopt and raise children.

Source:  Press Release – Michigan Democratic Central Committee

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