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Michigan Marriage and the Rule of Law

by Leanna Baumer

March 28, 2014

Regardless of one’s underlying position on what state marriage policy should be, most Americans agree that establishing that policy should be a process rooted in legal and democratic means. Yet, for all the present Administration’s blustering about respect and tolerance for a diversity of viewpoints on marriage, very little of that respect has been extended to existing state policy on marriage or the process by which those views have been enshrined in law.

In the latest move to ignore state marriage law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it will recognize the relationships of Michigan same-sex couples who obtained marriage licenses in the period between a federal District Court ruling striking down the state’s marriage amendment on March 21st and an emergency stay of the ruling issued by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 22nd. In the Saturday morning hours between District Judge Bernard Friedman’s Friday night ruling and the subsequent Saturday afternoon stay, several hundred couples were “wed.”

Given the murky legal status of these marriages, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder has said the state will not recognize the unions while the state continues its appeal of the District Court ruling at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has explained repeatedly that his job, regardless of his personal beliefs, is to defend the will of the 2.7 million Michigan voters who voted in 2004 to affirm marriage as the institution it has always been understood to be: the union of one man and one woman.

That deference to the people and the law, unfortunately, has not been replicated by Attorney General Schuette’s federal counterpart. Today’s statement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder instead underscores the willingness of the federal government to ignore the will of voters, state law, and the limits of last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor. Indeed, Windsor required respect for state policies on marriage — not a new federal mandate for Administratively-imposed same-sex marriage recognition.

Pro-Abortion V-Day Erupts in Response to Michigan Pro-Life Bill

by Family Research Council

June 25, 2012

Last Monday, June 18th, 2012, Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) performed the shocking and undignified Vagina Monologues with leftist feminist and Monologue author Eve Ensler, other state legislators, and local actresses on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing. Every year, the infamous radical feminist play is performed by scantily clad female college students across America in what they refer to as awareness for sexual violence. Moreover, Hollywood actresses, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder, Kate Winslet, and Cate Blanchett, have happily performed the play to seemingly raise attention for womens rights. In reality, the play has little to do with helping terrible injustices, such as violence against women and violated human rights. The play, in all truth, is pornographic. Performers recite monologues that positively discuss such sexually perverse topics as rape. With monologues that have titles that the average person would be ashamed to utter out loud (too graphic to print here), the play is, in truth, a sham and the very antithesis of its supposed goals—empowering young women through humanitarian issues.

This performance of the Monologues was the highlight of a nasty protest event, Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!, which was organized by pro-abortion activists. The reason for this event was to counter a temporary ban on Rep. Browns speaking privileges after she broke House decorum with the following quote, And finally Mr. Speaker, Im flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no. Rep. Browns comments reflected her contempt for HB 5711, a pro-life bill that bans coerced and webcam abortions. The bill protects women and unborn children by requiring abortion clinics to provide information for women who feel intimidated or threatened and by acknowledging the human physiological features of 10 week-old unborn children.

The main organization that sponsored this event was V-Day, which supposedly generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. Although V-Day claims to be fighting for just causes, it unfortunately degrades women by reducing them to their sexual organs. V-Day also partners with the Tides Foundation, a leftist, progressive 501(c)(3) organization founded by Drummond Pike. The Tides Foundation has been notorious for funding Planned Parenthood. In 2007, the Tides Foundation awarded a $1,026,326.00 grant to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and a $145,593.93 grant to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2009, the organization doubled their donation to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America with a $292,316.71 grant. Additionally and not surprisingly, George Soros, a leftist billionaire who finances numerous anti-American and anti-life causes, is well-known for funding the Tides Foundation. Soros organization, the Open Society Institute, has donated $18,154,270 to the Tides Foundation, along with $2,570,000 to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, since 1999. Womens rights? Advocating against sexual violence? In reality, the Vagina Monologues is nothing more than a pornographic display of sexual promiscuity funded by this multi-million dollar partnership among V-Day, the Tides Foundation, and Planned Parenthood.