Rick Snyder on Civil Rights
Recognize 300 gay marriages conducted in 2014
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced that the state will recognize some 300 same-sex marriages conducted in 2014. The governor faced a deadline to either appeal a recent ruling by a U.S. District Judge, or let stand the judge's injunction requiring
Michigan to recognize the several hundred gay marriages conducted on March 22, 2014, when the state's ban on gay marriage was temporarily lifted.
"The judge has determined that same-sex couples were legally married on that day, and we will follow
the law and extend state marriage benefits to those couples," Snyder said. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in January to take up the decision. The court's ruling, expected by June, could end the debate on gay marriage in the United States once and for all
Snyder called on his fellow Republicans in January to keep up efforts to end discrimination against LGBT individuals.
Source: Ashley Alman, Huffington Post, "Recognize 300 Gay Marriages"
, Feb 4, 2015
Add LGBT anti-discrimination to civil rights law
[While declining to appeal a court ruling that legalized] 300 same-sex marriages conducted in 2014, Gov. Snyder called on his fellow Republicans in January to keep up efforts to end discrimination against LGBT individuals by amending the state's
Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which protects citizens against discrimination based on race, age, sex and religion, but doesn't protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. "Let's keep up that dialogue and
let's show that we can deal with issues of discrimination in our state," he said during his fifth State of the State address.
However, that same month, Snyder remained silent as the state's attorney general argued for Michigan's gay marriage ban. The governor's own position on gay marriage has been described as "head-spinning."
Source: Huffington Post on 2015 Michigan State of the State address
, Feb 4, 2015
Against benefits for domestic partners
The Civil Service Commission was informed on Wednesday that preliminary numbers show that fewer than 100 people will take advantage of domestic partner benefits. The price tag is estimated to be less than
$600,000--a far cry from the $6 million to $8 million the Gov. Rick Snyder administration and legislative Republicans claimed it would be.
Source: Susan Demas on MLive.com (Michigan News)
, Sep 22, 2011
Against gay marriage but supports civil unions
On the issue of Marriage, Snyder opposes DOMA
(The Defense of Marriage Act of 2004) while stating he believes "marriage is a bond between a man and a woman", but also believes in gay civil unions.
Source: Kevin Cook on AllVoices.com, "Obama Republican"
, Jul 31, 2010
Opposes affirmative action.
Snyder opposes the CC survey question on affirmative action
The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.
The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Affirmative action programs providing preferential treatment to minorities"
Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q2 on Aug 11, 2010
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