JIM TOY COMMUNITY CENTER

DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE OF THE SAME SEX TO GET LEGALLY MARRIED IN MICHIGAN?

Yes, I support same-sex marriage.

 

COMMENTS:

The freedom to marry is a pretty basic right. It’s amazing that we are still having this debate.

 

 

DO YOU SUPPORT AMENDING THE MICHIGAN STATE CONSTITUTION TO LIFE THE 2004 BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE?

Yes, I support overturning the ban.

COMMENTS:

This constitutional amendment reflects poorly on the State of Michigan and hinders our ability to attract and retain talent and business.

IN 2011, GOVERNOR SYNDER SIGNED THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS RESTRICTION ACT. THIS LAW PREVENTS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FROM RECEIVING DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS. WOULD YOU SUPPORT REPEALING THIS ACT?

Yes, I support repealing this act.

 

COMMENTS:

Again, this type of legislation affects our ability to attract and retain talent and business.

 

 

IN MICHIGAN, IT IS LEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND GENDER EXPRESSION. ADDING THE TERMS “SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION” TO MICHIGAN’S ELLIOTT-LARSEN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WOULD MAKE THIS DISCRIMINATION ILLEGAL. DO YOU SUPPORT ADDING THE TERMS “SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION” TO MICHIGAN’S ELLIOTT-LARSEN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT?

Yes, I support adding these terms to Elliott-Larsen.

 

COMMENTS:
The City of Ypsilanti passed its non-discrimination ordinance in 1997 and defended it twice to challenges at the ballot box.

 

 

UNITY MICHIGAN, A COALITION OF MICHIGAN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS IS ASKING ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SIGN A STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF EXPANDING ELLIOTT-LARSEN AS DESCRIBED IN THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THIS STATEMENT IS KNOWN AS THE “LEAD STATEMENT,” OR LOCAL ELECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT www.unitymichigan.org/lead/. HAVE YOU ARE WILL YOU SIGN THE UNITY MICHIGAN LEAD STATEMENT?

Yes, I will sign the LEAD Statement but have not yet.

 

 

BECAUSE OF THE SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN NEED OF LOVING FAMILIES, ADOPTION LAWS HAVE BEEN EXPANDED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF POTENTIAL ADOPTIVE PARENTS. BUT IN MICHIGAN, UNMARRIED COUPLES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO JOINTLY ADOPT A CHILD. DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING THE ADOPTION CODE TO ALLOW TWO UNMARRIED PEOPLE TO JOINTLY ADOPT A CHILD?

Yes, I support changing the law to allow an unmarried couple to adopt a child.

 

 

DO YOU SUPPORT ALLOWING HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO REFUSE TREATMENT OR SERVICES TO CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS BASED ON THAT PROVIDER’S OWN RELIGIOUS, MORAL, OR OTHER BELIEFS?

No, I do not support allowing healthcare providers to refuse treatment based on their personal beliefs.

 

 

PLEASE DESCRIBE ANY INVOLVEMENT YOU HAVE WITH THE LGBT COMMUNITY. THIS MAY INCLUDE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS (FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, ETC.) THAT HAVE HELPED SHAPE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF LGBT ISSUES, EXPERIENCE WITH LGBT POLITICS OR CAUSES, AND SO ON.

This is a dangerous question because it can quickly spiral into “a lot of my best friends…” Regardless, I have friends and family members who are gay. I learn from them about what issues are important to them whether they be related to LGBT issues or some other issues. I learn from them because they are my friends and family and I care about them.