Politics & Prejudices
Republicans Snub Obama on Michigan Visit
GOP afraid of 'bipartisan cooties.'
Published: February 11, 2014
That’s because she’s a workhorse, not a show horse. They’ve never gotten it. Michigan voters do, however.
Which may be why food assistance survived at all.
Fair play for adoption and marriage:
LAST FALL, I told the moving story of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, two nurses who jointly were foster care givers to three special-needs toddlers, who were born with a variety of major problems to mothers either unwilling or unfit to care for their babies.
Nobody questioned the fitness of DeBoer and Rowse to raise these children, who might have died or never found permanent homes otherwise. Yet while either of these women could adopt these children as a single parent, the state of Michigan refuses to allow both of them to adopt them.
Why? Frankly, because of prejudice against same-sex unions, a bigotry shared by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who says it’s proper for the state to “regulate sexual relationships between men and women.”
Same-sex marriage is also against the law in Michigan, though that is swiftly changing in other states, and in federal law. Fortunately, there are people who don’t fancy living in some kind of Orwellian world of medieval sexual morality.
The constitutionality of both Michigan’s adoption code and same-sex marriage is about to go on trial, starting Feb. 25, in U.S. District Court in Detroit. A team of local attorneys are representing DeBoer and Rowse, and doing so pro bono.
But expert witnesses and court expenses cost money. Schuette is using taxpayer dollars to try to prevent any expansion of human rights here. Attorney Dana Nessel and the plaintiffs, a couple of nurses who live in Hazel Park, can’t do that.
So they’re having a fundraiser this Thursday, Feb. 13, a Share the Love Valentine Dinner, at Burton Manor in Livonia, and they were desperate enough to ask me to serve as emcee.
Despite that, you might want to go. After all, it’s the day after Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and I have a sneaking suspicion he’d be on the side of equality.
Get details at MichiganMarriageChallenge.com.
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