Random News from the Mitten State

Actually, we're known as the Great Lakes State

Well, I've learned my lesson. Never vote for guys named Carl. But there is some good news coming out of Michigan these days. Thought I'd keep my fellow Michiganders updated.

First, U.S District Court Judge Denise Paige Hood declared Michigan's so-called partial birth abortion law unconstitutional. You might recall that the law failed to provide an exception to preserve the life and health of the mother, a stipulation that must be included in all abortion laws per the 2000 Stenberg decision. Not surprisingly, the Michigan Catholic Conference is calling for Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox to appeal the decision.

And the hits keep coming for Mike Cox. His interpretation of Michigan Proposal 2, which amended the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage and/or civil unions, was struck down Ingham County Judge Joyce Dragunchuk. Cox insisted that the law prohibited universities and municipalities from providing benefits for same-sex partners of state and local government employees. Judge Dragunchuk disagreed, meaning that partners of employees in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo (among others) will be covered despite Proposal 2. Fundies are calling foul over this as well; according to Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, Dragunchuk's ruling was unsurprising because she was "strongly endorsed by homosexual activists." She was also strongly endorsed by women's groups, due to her role in the implementation of a multi-agency domestic abuse task force in Ingham County. Wonder when the MRAs are going to chime in.


annamaria at 1:05 PM

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at Friday, September 30, 2005 9:21:00 AM Anonymous Christy P said...

I think i am as sad over this as i was when Bush won again. we have 30 years of this guy- augh so sad.
"The Senate has confirmed a man with an astute mind and a kind heart." PRESIDENT BUSH, on John G. Roberts Jr., the 17th chief justice of the United States. (as reported in the online NY Times). Kind heart only if you are against the rights of women and... i lost my thought as a result of dropping part of my bagel in my keyboard. Anyway, since when is it "kind" to pass judgment about people and their choices for themselves! I am worried. I think it is time (again) to figure out how to move to Canada.

at Saturday, October 01, 2005 3:01:00 PM Anonymous Rich said...

That bit at the top that looks like a dog with an enlargead head... is that part of Michigan?

Sorry, it's just bothering me!

at Friday, October 07, 2005 12:43:00 PM Blogger Dane meets Simone said...

Where'd you brats go?

at Friday, October 07, 2005 12:59:00 PM Blogger Kurt said...

I miss you folks...
No indignant posts
No randon observations of stupidity
No commentary on bullshit that no one cares about
If you're not coming back, thanks for the things you gave me.
If you're really busy, I hope things lighten up and you take time to breathe.

at Monday, October 10, 2005 7:24:00 AM Blogger annamaria said...

We're here. I promise, we're not going away (much as you might like us to sometimes). Both Jen and I have been super busy for various professional and personal reasons--it happens sometimes, but I think this is just the first time it's happened to us simultaneously! We're working on a blog re-design, and definitely going to be doing some most posting soon. If not, Kerri knows where we both live.


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