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HRC Warns 12 States ‘Don’t Repeat The Mistakes Of Indiana' In New Media Campaign

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The Human Rights Coalition launched a new ad campaign asking 12 state governors to reject bills that target LGBT people like the one Gov. Mike Pence passed in Indiana. HRC's new campaign comes after a study conducted by the organization yielded results stating that a majority of Hoosiers believe Pence’s bill is damaging Indiana’s economy. JoDee Winterhof, HRC's vice president for policy and political affairs, warned of the repercussions states could endure if they follow Pence’s example.

Said Winterhof:

"Gov. Mike Pence found that experimenting with anti-LGBT bills that allow businesses to discriminate killed his approval ratings and damaged the Hoosier economy. Governors who go down the same path as Mike Pence and put their state economy at risk in an attempt to further discrimination are going to find themselves at risk of being rejected by the voters."

The results of HRC's study reflects Winterhof's warning as a majority of voters (70% to 24%) believe that businesses should not discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or identity. Surprisingly a majority of Republican voters (58% to 36%) concur. Pence’s approval ratings have since plummeted, allowing for a potential Democratic challenger to make gains in the state. HRC's media campaign officially began today on social media in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Although Pence attempted to clarify that official language in the new law would prevent LGBT discrimination, HRC isn’t buying it, noting that the state’s laws are still devoid of any clear LGBT anti-discrimination laws that would grant full protections to LGBT people in the state.

Michigan GOP-Controlled Senate Committee Approves Anti-gay Religious Objection Adoption Bills

JohnsonBills heard and approved in two hours by a Michigan Senate committee Wednesday could allow religious adoption agencies to refuse to work with same sex couples, reports Iron Mountain Daily News.

Three bills - which passed 4-1 along party lines - would also prevent governments from refusing to license or provide funding for adoption agencies that exercise such objections. The GOP-led House passed the bills last month.

Supporters say the legislation won't prevent anyone from adopting because faith-based agencies that choose not to work with gay people would refer them to other places.

However, Sommer Foster, director of political advocacy for Equality Michigan, said the bills represent "an attempt to write religious discrimination into Michigan law."

Sen. Bert Johnson (right), the only Democrat on the committee, offered amendments that would have prohibited agencies from denying placement if it's not in the best interest of the child, make public cases in which they would deny services and comply with federal and state civil rights acts.

All six amendments were voted down.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Fights Against State Recognition Of Terminally Ill Gay Man’s Marriage: VIDEO

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (right) has submitted a brief arguing that the state should not have to recognize the marriage of a gay man suffering from a terminal illness, reports the Washington Blade.

Rick Snyder_smThe five-page brief presented to the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan on April 16 East Grand Rapids couple Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan. Morgan is suffering from brain cancer.

Although the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2014 decision striking down Michigan’s gay marriage ban, Snyder has acceded to the decision in Caspar v. Snyder requiring the state to recognize the marriages of couples who wed during a window period after the initial court ruling.

However, Snyder has argued Caspar v. Snyder does not provide for the recognition of  Merucci and Morgan’s marriage.

“The only circumstance cited by Plaintiffs not previously considered by this Court is the decision in Caspar. But Caspar is non-precedential and factually distinguishable.

"Consequently, the legal and factual landscapes relevant to staying this case remain the same as they did when this Court issued the stay, and Plaintiffs’ motion should be denied.”

Morgan v. Snyder was filed in June 2014, but the case was stayed in as marriage litigation was pending before the Sixth Circuit. Earlier this month, Merucci and Snyder sought a relief from the stay in the aftermath of the decision in the Caspar case.

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Anti-Gay Michigan Autoshop Owner Hit by Vandals, Says 'Evil Homosexual Agenda is Behind It: PHOTOS


Brian Klawiter, the owner of the Grandville, Michigan auto shop who declared this week he "would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" but that gun owners would receive a discount at his shop, has had his shop wall tagged with graffiti, MLive reports:

Grandville Police Chief Dan Steere on Monday said he had no intention of stationing a police officer at the place, but said police would keep an eye on the area with additional patrols.

The chief could not immediately be reached regarding the recent graffiti spray-painted on the building.

Klawiter says he has received death threats over his statements but Steere said he did not want to officially report them.

This morning Dieseltec (Klawiter's auto shop) posted several photos of the graffiti (see embedded below), which appears in several places on his property. Dieseltec also posted a photo of a window it says was broken by a rock that had a fingerprint on it.

Well, folks, as we predicted, it didn't take long for the ugly face of the homosexual movement to present itself. What started out with "mere" death threats against myself and my family and homosexuals spamming my Facebook page with gay porn shots, has escalated to physical violence. See the pics below. We called police to file a report this morning, and City of Grandville Officer John Davis responded.

The officer arrived, looked around, took a few notes, chuckled, and said "turn it in to the insurance company." He gave us a Police Report number 15-2779, but did not take the rock which has a fingerprint on it.

The homosexual agenda is evil, and is prepared to destroy anyone who gets in its way, or who calls homosexuality a sin. Today it's us; tomorrow, it could be you.

It's unclear who created the graffiti, which is clearly an inappropriate way to deal with situations like these. Until that is known, it's also possible to speculate the property might have been tagged by someone on Klawiter's side of the issue.

If you can't see the Facebook embeds below, Dieseltec's posts are here and here.


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Posted by Dieseltec on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Protesters, Supporters Rally Outside Anti-gay Michigan Auto Shop: VIDEO


A group of around 45 protesters and nearly as many supporters gathered outside Grandville, Michigan auto shop Dieseltec on Saturday, the latest update in the ongoing controversy surrounding the owner Brian Klawiter's now infamous declaration that he "would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons."

MLive reports:

Saturday's protest was organized by a Muskegon pastor, the Rev. Robert Teszlewicz.

Most of the protesters brought signs. Some read "Love Wins," "God = Love," "Stop Bigotry. Spend your dollars where all are welcome," "Gay is OK," and "Who are you to judge God's children?"

Teszlewicz said he wanted the protest to be peaceful.

"I don't think you can consider yourself a Christian and deny service to someone else," he said. "If you're going to call yourself a Christian, then you need to respond in a Christian way."

Supporters of Klawiter, meanwhile, gathered at the auto shop on Saturday for a barbecue. "He's got a right to his own opinion," said Bob Smith. "He's not violating the law."

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Pens Brilliant Open Letter Smackdown to Homophobic Michigan Auto Shop Owner: READ


Grand Rapids bankruptcy attorney Jeffrey Mapes (pictured below) has penned the perfect response to Brian Klawiter, the owner of the Grandville, Michigan auto shop who declared this week he "would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" but that gun owners would receive a discount at his shop.

Wrote Mapes on his practice's website:

MapesDear Dieseltec:

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jeffrey Mapes, and I specialize in bankruptcy law — helping individuals and corporations when things go wrong. I noticed your post on Facebook where you decided to alienate most of the general public by stating that you will refuse service to openly homosexual people. This is certainly an unorthodox business strategy, and perhaps it will work for you, but I get the feeling you will need a bankruptcy attorney pretty soon and I wanted to offer my services. Like you, I am white, male, Christian, a business owner, and a gun owner. Unlike you, I provide services to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation because it doesn’t matter to me — I hope this won’t be a deal breaker for you.

     If that upsets you, let me tell you a little bit more about our office to try and persuade you, The first thing you will notice is how friendly and compassionate the office staff is. Despite your inane, incoherent and just plain dumb comments, we know that everyone makes mistakes and we want to help you overcome them. They will also be more than willing to help you with some basic grammar that you seem to struggle with.

     If you still need more convincing, let me assure you that we will make certain that your bankruptcy petition is filed correctly and there are no errors. You stated in your post that you would incorrectly assemble a vehicle in order to prove a point. I want to let you know that despite the fact that I would love to prove a point to you about tolerance, I won’t compromise my standards of quality to do so. After all, I have to look in the mirror at the end of the day and if I didn’t do my best for everyone, I would have trouble sleeping. Perhaps you could give me pointers on how you sleep at night?

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