LGBTQA Law Section

Mission


To review law, cases, regulations, and other legal matters that affect lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning, and allies of this State and to promote the fair and just administration of those laws.

Proposed Bylaws


View the bylaws PDF  and for this new section.

Statement of Necessity


In less than a dozen years, Michigan has undergone a dramatic shift in its approach to the rights of its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender citizens. Much of this change has focused on the definition of what makes a “family,” but there have also been significant changes in local anti-discrimination ordinances, hate-crime statutes, and public accommodations for transgender people.

Some have been initiated within Michigan, and some have resulted from huge shifts in federal law. It is difficult to overstate these changes, or to easily grasp their pervasive effect on Michigan law and precedent. These changes have fundamental repercussions on disparate areas throughout our statutes in laws related to intestate succession, adoption, criminal immunities, and many more.

The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges invalidated the 2005 amendment to Article I Section 25 of the Michigan Constitution - limiting marriage to one man and one woman - which was passed in a referendum by most Michiganders. Since that amendment, many Michigan statutes have been enacted, and many directly touch on marriage and family. In 2009-2010 there were nearly 250 Bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature that included the word “spouse,” and in 2012, our statutes contained nearly 150 references to “husband” or “wife.”

To ensure consistency within Michigan law and conformity to federal rulings, our proposed section will research and identify areas of our laws that may need revisions or updates, and will seek to educate the public and members of our legal community in how our clients may be affected as laws and new precedents develop.

 

 

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