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Granholm gay rights order "a slap in the face"
American Family Association of Michigan | January 1, 2003 | Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan

Posted on 01/01/2004 5:31:02 PM PST by AFA-Michigan

To Michigan families who believe homosexual behavior is wrong, especially if because of their Christian faith, Gov. Jennifer Granholm's choice of Christmas to grant special protection to such behavior was a slap in the face.

Gov. Granholm over Christmas announced her new executive order granting special "protected class" status to state employees involved in homosexual relationships, thus declaring homosexual behavior the legal and moral equivalent of race, ethnicity, and religion.

Give Granholm credit: she timed her political payoff to homosexual activist groups when she knew nobody was paying attention. While homosexual publications worldwide harked and heralded Granholm's Christmas surprise, here in Michigan, for example, the Detroit News buried what should have been a front-page story in one four-sentence paragraph under "Michigan Briefs" the day after Christmas.

The governor insisted that adding "sexual orientation" to the state's hiring policy was intended only to stop supposed "discrimination." If true, surely she can provide examples of state employees discriminated against on such basis.

In fact, Granholm's executive order is the calculated first step of a much larger agenda.

The Ann Arbor News reported that openly homosexual Rep. Chris Kolb, D-Ann Arbor, called for such a policy "to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, a move he hopes will lay the groundwork for legalizing same-sex marriages."

Kolb "plan(s) to introduce a series of bills aimed at including gays and transsexuals in the list of protected classes in hate crime and anti-discrimination laws," the News reported. "Next would come an attempt to secure insurance and work benefits for same-sex partners, followed by legislation to allow same-sex marriages. …The stepping-stone plan outlined by Kolb echoes the approach in Vermont…that finally legalized same-sex marriage."

Absent legislative support, Kolb turned instead to Granholm for the first step of his plan.

The homosexual Triangle Foundation termed Granholm's directive just that, a "terrific first step." A Lansing State Journal editorial agreed it should be viewed only "as a first step…in the fight for equality."

Step Two of Kolb's plan is to force Michigan taxpayers to subsidize homosexual behavior among state employees, extending tax-funded spousal insurance benefits to their "domestic partners."

The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force training manual explains: "Before attempting to get domestic partner benefits from your employer, it is imperative that the (employer's) nondiscrimination policy include sexual orientation. …A common rationale for establishing domestic partner benefits is that the failure to do so is contradictory to a nondiscrimination clause."

Absent actual discrimination against state employees, the real motivation behind Granholm's order is obvious. Follow the money.

Notably, NGLTF drastically cut its own employees' "domestic partner" health insurance, calling it "prohibitively expensive." Step Two will surely get taxpayers' attention.

Meanwhile, there's ample evidence to expect that Granholm's supposed "anti"-discrimination policy will itself discriminate against employees who oppose homosexual activists' political agenda. Witness the track record of the few Michigan cities who've adopted the same policy:

* The Ann Arbor city council -- citing the "sexual orientation" language of its nondiscrimination policy -- prohibited city employees from making payroll contributions to the United Way. "A council majority believes its own anti-discrimination ordinance prohibits it from supporting Boy Scouts in any fashion," the Ann Arbor News reported, "including using staff time and city computers for payroll deductions that go through the United Way to the Boy Scouts."

* Ann Arbor fired a 15-year police veteran and local union president after a formal complaint accused him of violating the "sexual orientation" policy, merely by expressing an opinion during a public forum for police chief hopefuls. As a Detroit homosexual newsmagazine reported, the detective "is accused of saying he thought one candidate had a gay agenda."

* The Triangle Foundation issued a news release demanding that Detroit withdraw its $50,000 grant to local Boy Scouts, insisting that the Scouts' refusal to allow homosexual troop leaders "is in direct violation of (city policies)…expressly forbid(ding) discrimination based on sexual orientation. Triangle also asked that the city cease all other forms of support of the Boy Scouts, including the use of public facilities and sponsorship of scout troops by the police and fire departments."

The Legislature should consider new safeguards to ensure that state employees, the Boy Scouts, and others who oppose homosexual activists' political agenda are not similarly discriminated against by the Granholm Administration under its new state policy.

The final step of Kolb's admitted strategy is legalizing homosexual "marriage."

Gov. Granholm ridiculously argues that if voters approve a state constitutional amendment permanently preserving Michigan's one-man, one-woman marriage law, it will hurt our economy.

Logically then, she must believe legislation repealing Michigan's traditional marriage law will help our economy.

No doubt she'll announce that on Good Friday.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: gay; granholm; homosexual; homosexualagenda; marriage; michigan; prisoners
Gary Glenn of Midland is president of the American Family Association of Michigan. Contact him at gg@afamichigan.org
1 posted on 01/01/2004 5:31:02 PM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: AFA-Michigan
Hey, if Jennifer wants to burn in Hell that's her business.
2 posted on 01/01/2004 5:36:32 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Texas Eagle
Tyrants, in any government, deserve to be held to account by the people. Grey Davis, former governor of California recently experienced the lash of public revolt. More recently, Saddam Hussan realized that some Iraquis did not worship him. History books are full of examples. Don't waste time Michiganders. Do it now.
3 posted on 01/01/2004 5:52:22 PM PST by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: AFA-Michigan
Kolb "plan(s) to introduce a series of bills aimed at including gays and transsexuals in the list of protected classes in hate crime and anti-discrimination laws,"

This is the sort of nonsense that led to two homosexual men in Arizona to sue a California-based adoption website because they wouldn't let them post a search for a child to adopt.

4 posted on 01/01/2004 5:58:41 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: AFA-Michigan
I have to say its one thing allowing gays and lesbians to live as they please but I resent it when they try to muscle me into giving public consent to their choice of lifestyle.
5 posted on 01/01/2004 6:00:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Texas Eagle
Hey, if Jennifer wants to burn in Hell that's her business.

But don't force Michigan taxpayers to pay for it!

6 posted on 01/01/2004 6:12:41 PM PST by StopGlobalWhining (Cheney - Rumsfeld in '08)
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Why can't a white man be a victim of a so called "Hate Crime" while Minorities and Freaks are protected???
7 posted on 01/01/2004 7:23:52 PM PST by Conservative_Nationalist
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To: StopGlobalWhining
But don't force Michigan taxpayers to pay for it!

They elected her. You lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas.

8 posted on 01/01/2004 7:42:44 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: AFA-Michigan; Coleus; scripter
Ping!
9 posted on 01/01/2004 7:49:47 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: AFA-Michigan
Granholm is a CINO. Catholic in Name Only. She needs our prayers badly!

(Don't know if it would do any good, however!)
10 posted on 01/01/2004 7:51:19 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: AFA-Michigan
**Gov. Granholm ridiculously argues that if voters approve a state constitutional amendment permanently preserving Michigan's one-man, one-woman marriage law, it will hurt our economy.**

Since when do child-bearing marriage hurt the economy? What ridiculous reasoning!
11 posted on 01/01/2004 7:55:37 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: AFA-Michigan
What bugs me about "Reparations" Granholm is that, as shameless and duplicitous as this Berkeley-Harvard leftist has shown herself to be, the Republican Party in Michigan can't seem to get the information out about her true evil nature. This skanky broad's approval numbers poll in the mid 60's. All I read in the local papers are references, comments, and editorials touting her "brilliance" and "success". I guess so, considering that a creep who barely won the last gubernatorial election with a questionable four percent edge continues to get a free pass from the misbegotten Michigan Republican Party.
12 posted on 01/01/2004 8:17:21 PM PST by vanmorrison
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To: AFA-Michigan
Still, the only critereon that is valid for hiring is: Who can do the job best?
13 posted on 01/01/2004 8:19:47 PM PST by punster
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To: AFA-Michigan
thanks, do you have a link to the story?
14 posted on 01/01/2004 8:20:22 PM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Keep Christ in CHRISTmas and the X's out of it.)
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To: AFA-Michigan

Anyone know what she was referring to here on 'hurting the economy'?

15 posted on 01/01/2004 8:27:59 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad
This is so ridiculous you'll think we're making it up, but it's true.

Granholm calls her alleged economic recovery plan for Michigan the "Cool Cities" initiative, under which she argues -- seriously -- that recruiting homosexuals to live in your city is the key factor in attracting and retaining the so-called "creative class," which in turn is the key to economic growth.

Tellingly, San Franscisco is the prototype "cool city," she said on the NPR station in Boston.

All this psycho-babble is based on a single book by some college professor in Pennsylvania.

Obviously, in order to recruit homosexuals, she says, you must enact "gay-friendly" public policy; thus, if Michigan voters approve a Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution, it will undermine her "Cool Cities" plan and hurt Michigan's economy.

If this still sounds too la-la land to believe, see today's Grand Rapids Press at:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1072972086230130.xml

A left-wing fantasy with no pricetag: in Granholm's alternate reality, the key to creating new jobs in Michigan is to culturally remodel the entire state after San Francisco.
16 posted on 01/01/2004 9:00:57 PM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: AFA-Michigan
Ah. "Cool Cities" sounds like a euphemism for those municipalities which cower before the Nazi-like intimidation tactics of the homofascists.
17 posted on 01/01/2004 9:05:08 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: AFA-Michigan; little jeremiah; EdReform; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; ...
STOP Granholm
18 posted on 01/01/2004 9:31:49 PM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Keep Christ in CHRISTmas and the X's out of it.)
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Gov. Granholm ridiculously argues that if voters approve a state constitutional amendment permanently preserving Michigan's one-man, one-woman marriage law, it will hurt our economy.

Gov. Granholm of Michigan alert.

Homosexual Agenda Ping, let me know if you want on or off the Ping list!

19 posted on 01/01/2004 10:14:17 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: AFA-Michigan
Personal sexual orientation is not on any generic or custom job application form I have ever encountered.
It is nobody's business but my own, that I am an adult celibate, heterosexual.
Do I deserve protected status for my personal sexual lifestyle choice?

20 posted on 01/01/2004 10:29:37 PM PST by sarasmom (Punish France. Ignore Germany. Forgive Russia.)
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To: AFA-Michigan
"protected class" status???

Some classes are more equal than others, I see.
21 posted on 01/02/2004 12:33:14 AM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: AFA-Michigan
Well, that's what a people get for electing a Canadian to be their governor.

Does anybody know the progress report on the attempt to amend the Michigan state constitution? I heard that it had support of a majority of MI state senators. Can it go on the ballot without the governor's approval?
22 posted on 01/02/2004 2:00:40 AM PST by No Dems 2004
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To: AFA-Michigan
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's choice of Christmas to grant special protection to such behavior was a (bitch) slap in the face.

There. That reads better.

23 posted on 01/02/2004 5:31:31 AM PST by JesseHousman (Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal)
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To: No Dems 2004
Michigan's Marriage Protection Amendment has sat for three months without action in the Senate Govt Operations Committee chaired by GOP Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Meanwhile, in response to polls showing overwhelming public approval of preserving one-man, one-woman marriage, the rocket scientists at state GOP HQ have squeamishly discouraged any action...though in response to a potential uprising among party activists, that may be changing.

Every poll and political analysis known to man suggests that protecting marriage will be of immense political benefit to those championing it.

One poll says over 50% of Americans are "more likely" to vote for a candidate who opposes homosexual "marriage," while some low number in the teens is "less likely."

As to intensity, another poll last week said among those who feel STRONGLY about the issue one way or the other, opponents of homosexual "marriage" outnumber supporters 3-to-1.

2/3rds of African-Americans and union households oppose homosexual "marriage."

Freepers, help us help Michigan's Republican establishment find its backbone.

Michigan GOP HQ 1-877-644-6704
Sen. Ken Sikkema 1-800-774-1174
24 posted on 01/02/2004 8:10:45 AM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: No Dems 2004
And yes, if it gets 2/3rds vote in both houses, it goes on the Nov 04 ballot with or without the governor's approval. She plays no role in the formal process.
25 posted on 01/02/2004 8:13:40 AM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the ping!
26 posted on 01/02/2004 10:15:56 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Texas Eagle
Hey, if Jennifer wants to burn in Hell that's her business.

Yeah, but why should we be forced to start the fire?

27 posted on 01/02/2004 10:17:41 AM PST by rintense
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To: AFA-Michigan
Granholm is a good Christian, don't you know.

"[MI Gov] Granholm(D)- Plays the Faith Card"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1050457/posts
28 posted on 01/02/2004 12:40:40 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: AFA-Michigan
This is the same Jenny Granholm who was allowed to be a lector at her local Catholic Church and whose priests supported her even though they knew she was a pro-abort. The real Catholics in Michigan have to get together and turn this broad out at the next election.
29 posted on 01/02/2004 6:20:41 PM PST by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces †)
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To: Coleus
Coleus,Bump.
30 posted on 01/02/2004 8:29:53 PM PST by fatima (Karen is home ,Thank you for your prayers,2 weeks leave,4 ID)
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To: AFA-Michigan
Jennifer must be gay....why ELSE do people do these things???
31 posted on 01/02/2004 8:33:51 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: AFA-Michigan
OMG...San Francisco WAS a cool, beautiful city....it's a cesspool now, at least it was abut 6 years ago...I would NEVER want to go back...bums and stench EVERYWERE....sad. But hey, Detroit is halfway there already!
32 posted on 01/02/2004 8:37:02 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: Texas Eagle
They elected her.

True, the use of the executive order is far and wide used to bypass the legislature. At least the people can unelect the governor, unlike the judiciary which is usually the go-to branch for such a thing.

33 posted on 01/02/2004 8:43:45 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: No Dems 2004
Don't blame Canada for this one. She moved to the US at a young age and that's where she grew up and got her values and education. She's obviously a US citizen. I don't know if she is a dual citizen. Can you become governor of Michigan if you are?
34 posted on 01/02/2004 9:09:22 PM PST by xp38
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To: AFA-Michigan
"And yes, if it gets 2/3rds vote in both houses, it goes on the Nov 04 ballot with or without the governor's approval."

I don't understand why they haven't gotten it together yet ... let's keep pressuring them to do so.
35 posted on 01/03/2004 8:38:08 AM PST by No Dems 2004
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To: Antoninus
I'm sure her priest and bishop will happily continue to give her Communion unless she does something really bad like trying to kneel.
36 posted on 01/03/2004 8:51:48 AM PST by k omalley
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To: AFA-Michigan
"is accused of saying he thought one candidate had a gay agenda."

Good Lord save us!

37 posted on 01/03/2004 9:14:28 AM PST by j_tull (created by God and endowed by Him with certain inalienable rights which no civil authority may usurp)
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To: Salvation
Granholm is a CINO. Catholic in Name Only. She needs our prayers badly!

Father God I pray that you will save and change Mrs (Miss?) Granholm and teach her the errors of her ways. I pray that she will come to repentence and be transformed into the image of Christ.

If she refuses to be saved and changed I pray that you destroy her now before she drags more people into hell with her.

38 posted on 01/05/2004 5:53:11 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: John O

Good Lord. That is just sick. How can you as a Christian say those types of "prayers"? Those of us who seek to emulate our Lord Jesus Christ have compassion for all, no matter how misguided we may think they are. Shame on you for daring to invoke the Lord's wrath. There is only one supreme judge and you are not he.


39 posted on 09/29/2004 11:52:19 PM PDT by Huntergirl
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To: Huntergirl
What makes you think I have no compassion? I prayed that they be saved and changed. If they refuse then I have to pray for the protection of the innocents that they will drag into hell with them.

Read psalms. David was a man after God's own heart yet David prayed for the destruction of his enemies. God didn't have a problem with this.

Is it better to let an evil person who refuses to be saved and changed live and drag many others into hell with them or to remove that evil one so that those many others can be saved and enter heaven?

I pray that the evil ones be saved and changed. Always. But if they refuse to change then it is better for them to die instaed of dragging innocents into hell with them.

How did Jesus refer to people who lead others into sin?

Matthew 18:1 ¶ At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Note that this little child was an innocent. Likewise the actions of Granholm place many of these innocents at greater risk of molestation. So she is effectively offending these little ones.

I'd rather see one person cast into hell early than hundreds or thousands dragged into hell because that one lived and didn't get saved and changed

You can choose to be all soft and mushy and let innocents go to hell if you so choose. I'll continue to pray for the death of unrepentant evil-doers. I have biblical support for it.

40 posted on 09/30/2004 6:03:04 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Huntergirl
Oh BTW. Welcome to FreeRepublic
41 posted on 09/30/2004 6:04:08 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: John O

"You can choose to be all soft and mushy and let innocents go to hell if you so choose. I'll continue to pray for the death of unrepentant evil-doers. I have biblical support for it."

Good points.


42 posted on 09/30/2004 6:13:31 AM PDT by WaltStringer
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