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04/19/2007


Michigan Family Adopts Disowned Gay Teen: AUDIO

Corey NicholsSo many gay children and teenagers who are disowned by their families wind up living on the streets with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Fortunately, Michigan teenager Corey Nichols was spared this fate when the parents of his friend Aubrey legally adopted Nichols as their own son after his family disowned him for his orientation.

Nichols tells of how his conservative family, his father in particular, consistently espoused vile anti-gay sentiment and suspected that Nichols was gay. When he came down with pneumonia, his family ignored his illness, leaving him so distressed and delusional that he told Aubrey how he planned to commit suicide. Aubrey's mother happened to see the messages and ran to get him, eventually nursing him back to health from a severe case of pneumonia. His family never once asked about him.

After he recovered, Nichols came out to his parents, who allegedly flew into a rage and called him the devil. Nichols ran away that night, and a few weeks later Aubrey's parents adopted him as their own. Nichols' parents never showed up to contest the adoption.

You can listen to the interview Nichols gave to Out in Santa Cruz about his disownment and adoption below.


Gay Marriage News Watch: Updates from MI, MO, MS, and CO — VIDEO

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There is good news and bad news for marriage in Michigan - its ban on same-sex marriage had been struck down, but is being appealed. Michigan won't recognize the marriages, but the federal government will. A Missouri rep. has introduced a bill for marriage equality in Missouri. Activism in Mississippi led to the denial of several marriage licenses there where a lawsuit may soon appear. An equality campaign in Colorado is taking off.

Plus, new national polling, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michigan County GOP Chairman Represents Party’s Shifting Attitude Towards Gay Marriage

WorthamsPolls may suggest that the Republican Party is slowly but surely inching its way towards LGBT acceptance, but Dave Worthams is living proof. The Kalamazoo County GOP chairman isn’t gay, but happens to be in an interracial marriage and said he sees the parallels between the anti-miscegenation laws in the 20th century and laws today that ban same-sex marriage. MLive's Julie Mack reports:

"There were numerous people who marched on the streets, got attacked by dogs, so someone like me could love a white woman, a Hispanic woman," Worthams said, and he's come to think that the same rights should be extended to gay couples.

"At the end of the day, you should be able to love with who you want," Worthams said.

Worthams hopes that, like the 1967 landmark ruling in Loving v. Virginia that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the marriage equality issues will be solved at the U.S. Supreme Court level. Same-sex marriages briefly took place in Michigan last weekend but a stay was granted by the 6th circuit court of appeals.  

While the judicial system battle plays out, Wortham said that as a Republican leader his goals are to minimize gay marriage as a divisive issue in the party and let others outside the party know that there is a diversity of opinion within the GOP.

Dave agemaHe singled out fellow Michigan GOP chairman Dave Agema as an example of someone who doesn’t “get the bigger picture about treating people with compassion.” Agema, you'll recall, made headlines a few months ago after making a series of virulently anti-gay statements that eventually led to calls for his resignation from local, state, and national party leaders. (Agema refused)

Worthams said he is frustrated that people see Agema as representing the GOP mainstream as opposed to just a fringe individual.

"Not all Republican leaders are trying to keep people apart," he said. "I think there are allies all around (for the GLBT community.)  There are allies in places that are unexpected."


Watch (and Listen) as Frozen Lake Superior Crashes Ashore in Incredible Sheets of Ice: VIDEO

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The winter season may be over, but its frigid effects are still being felt in many parts of the country. Michigan’s Great Lakes, for example, have been 80-90 percent covered in ice, the highest measurements since 1979! 

YouTube user Jamie Rabold recently camped out on the edge of Lake Superior and shot some impressive footage of this frozen behemoth slowly pushing itself ashore.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

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Eric Holder Declares Federal Government Will Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In Michigan

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Today US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government will recognize gay marriages performed in Michigan after the landmark ruling by District Judge Bernard Friedman (a Reagan appointee) which found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, according to Freedom to Marry:

I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government. These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages. The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings. For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled.

You’ll recall that earlier this week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder remarked that the state would not “recognize the benefits of the [gay] marriage[s] until there’s a removal of the stay.” The stay in question halted gay marriage in the Great Lakes State and was granted by the 6th circuit court of appeals shortly after Judge Friedman’s ruling was given. That ruling will now be subject to the 6th circuit’s jurisprudence. 

Holder previously announced a similar decision regarding couples married in Utah who found their marriages in legal limbo like their brothers and sisters up north in Michigan now do.


Michigan Governor Says State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Performed Over Weekend: VIDEO

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Michigan will not recognize the hundreds of gay marriages performed over the weekend even though it sees them as "legal and valid", Governor Rick Snyder told reporters on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports:

"With respect to the marriages, we believe those are legal and valid marriages...The stay being issued makes it more complicated. Because of the stay, we won’t recognize the benefits of the marriage until there’s a removal of the stay... Hopefully we’ll be able to provide some clarity, at least from our perspective, relatively soon."

The ACLU said yesterday that it would sue if the state decided not to offer benefits to the gay couples married in Michigan over the weekend.

The Governor issued this statement:

“After comprehensive legal review of state law and all recent court rulings, we have concluded that same-sex couples were legally married at county clerk offices in the time period between U.S. District Judge Freidman’s ruling and the 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporary stay of that ruling.

“In accordance with the law, the U.S. Circuit Court’s stay has the effect of suspending the benefits of marriage until further court rulings are issued on this matter. The couples with certificates of marriage from Michigan courthouses last Saturday were legally married and the marriage was valid when entered into. Because the stay brings Michigan law on this issue back into effect, the rights tied to these marriages are suspended until the stay is lifted or Judge Friedman’s decision is upheld on appeal.”

In another conversation with reporters, Snyder was asked his personal views about marriage, and refused to say what they were.

"I'm not going to go back and rehash a sentence in one debate from four years ago. I've been focused on jobs, it's my main message, and I'm staying consistent with that."

Attorney General Bill Schuette refused to give his personal opinion either.

Watch two clips of the governor and attorney general with reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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