American Civil Liberties Union

WEMU News
2:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

ACLU, U-M React To U.S. Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.

Mark Fancher is ACLU staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project.

"If you want to advocate for affirmative action, now, into the foreseeable future,  it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fancher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."

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Michigan News
8:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gay Michigan Couple Hopes To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage

Plaintiffs Clint McCormack (front), Bryan Reamer (back), and some of their 13 children.
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Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, "for our 13 kids"

The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.

Clint McCormack and Bryan Reamer are one of eight couples named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.

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WEMU News
7:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages

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The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage. 

Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project.  Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

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