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(MI) Governor's effort is first step to give gays special benefits, weapon against religion
Lansing State Journal ^ | 01/13/04 | Gary Glenn

Posted on 01/13/2004 6:54:25 AM PST by Kieri

Gary Glenn: 'Anti-'discrimination policy could be weapon against religious

Governor's effort is first step to give gays special benefits

Gov. Jennifer Granholm chose Christmas to announce her new executive order granting special "protected class" status to state employees involved in homosexual relationships, morally and legally equating homosexual behavior to race, ethnicity, and religion.

To families whose Christian faith teaches such behavior is wrong, Granholm's timing was a slap in the face.

Granholm insists she added "sexual orientation" to the state's hiring policy only to stop "discrimination" against state employees. Surely, she can provide examples.

Instead, her political payoff is the first step of a broad agenda proposed by openly homosexual Rep. Chris Kolb, D-Ann Arbor.

According to the Ann Arbor News, Kolb proposed "including gays and transsexuals in the list of protected classes in hate crime and anti-discrimination laws. 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."

The homosexual Triangle Foundation termed Granholm's directive a "terrific first step." A Lansing State Journal editorial agreed it should be viewed only "as a first step."

Step two, Kolb says, is forcing taxpayers to subsidize homosexual behavior by extending tax-funded insurance benefits to state employees' "domestic partners."

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

Meanwhile, evidence suggests Granholm's supposedly "anti-" discrimination policy may itself discriminate against employees who oppose homosexual activists' Vermont strategy.

Ann Arbor - citing its "sexual orientation" 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 staff time and city computers for payroll deductions that go through United Way to the Scouts."

Ann Arbor fired a veteran detective on charges that he violated said policy by expressing his opinion during a public forum for police chief hopefuls. "(He) is accused of saying he thought one candidate had a gay agenda," a homosexual newsmagazine reported.

A Triangle Foundation news release demanded that Detroit withdraw its $50,000 grant to city Scout troops, insisting the Scouts' ban on homosexual Scoutmasters violates city policies "expressly forbid(ding) discrimination based on sexual orientation. Triangle also asked that the city cease all other support of the Boy Scouts, including the use of public facilities."

The Legislature must ensure that state employees, the Scouts, and others are not similarly discriminated against by the Granholm administration.

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

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

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

Watch for that announcement on Good Friday.

Gary Glenn of Midland is president of the American Family Association of Michigan.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: granholm; homosexualagenda; prisoners

1 posted on 01/13/2004 6:54:26 AM PST by Kieri
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To: Kieri
The final step, not mentioned by Kolb, is to outlaw all criticism of homosexuality.
2 posted on 01/13/2004 6:56:33 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Thane_Banquo
My question is it the proximity to Canada --or the distance
from th efoundaitonal Christian principles that causes the
Yankee States to act so irrational?
3 posted on 01/13/2004 7:02:41 AM PST by StonyBurk
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To: Kieri
I'd propose that the Legislature reduce its' subsidy of the "City" of Detroit by at least the amount ($50K) that Detroit reduced its' support of the BSA.
4 posted on 01/13/2004 7:02:57 AM PST by Redbob (now to find a cure for global whining...)
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To: Kieri
If this happens, I hope every Christian Church in Michigan refuses to hold any services within that state. If they cannot speak the truth, they must not speak at all.

I wonder if the Pope would see fit to place the state under Interdiction (if that's even an option anymore). It would be an excellent start.
5 posted on 01/13/2004 7:04:13 AM PST by FormerLib (We'll fight the good fight until the very end!)
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To: StonyBurk
I think Granholme was originally from Canada. If that's the case, she should go back.
6 posted on 01/13/2004 7:06:27 AM PST by ladylib
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To: little jeremiah
Ping!
7 posted on 01/13/2004 7:07:07 AM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Theresa of Avila)
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To: Kieri
Gov. Jennifer Granholm chose Christmas to announce her new executive order granting special "protected class" status to state employees involved in homosexual relationships, morally and legally equating homosexual behavior to race, ethnicity, and religion.

Vindictive and sick.

8 posted on 01/13/2004 7:09:41 AM PST by freedomcrusader
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To: Kieri
Didn't you get the press release??

The Supreme Court found biological evidence of a gay gene, and thereby deemed that homosexual behavior is protected as a civil right... Now, homosexuality is considered in the same vein as race or ethnicity. One who practices the behaviors associated with it are protected.

President Bush, our Compassionate conservative republicrat, must have forgotten to speak on this matter as he stood by quietly when this biological discovery was made.

Of course, the Supremes did not cite the biological evidence, but we all know they must have found it. Otherwise, they were simply creating new law to meet their own interests.
9 posted on 01/13/2004 7:12:11 AM PST by Paloma_55
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To: Kieri
Sodomites, Muslims, and illegals....This aint your daddy's Republic anymore
10 posted on 01/13/2004 7:15:57 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Kieri
Folks in Michigan-wake up and let your congressman know tht we will not tolerate this agenda without a fight. We must stand up for the right of our kids to exist in a world without tolerating homosexual behavior.
11 posted on 01/13/2004 7:18:42 AM PST by truthingod
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To: Kieri
The homosexual Triangle Foundation termed Granholm's directive a "terrific first step."

Sounds like Sarah Brady ...

12 posted on 01/13/2004 7:18:53 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: Kieri; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; CAtholic Family Association; narses; ...
Gov. Jennifer Granholm chose Christmas to announce her new executive order granting special "protected class" status to state employees involved in homosexual relationships, morally and legally equating homosexual behavior to race, ethnicity, and religion.

"Catholic" Governor Granholm's positions on abortion:

"I am 100 percent pro-choice"
"I support "partial birth abortions"
"I have taken a line with respect to being pro-choice in a Catholic church"

Official Catholic Church position on homosexual unions:

CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING PROPOSALS TO GIVE LEGAL RECOGNITION TO UNIONS BETWEEN HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS

This website has been developed by a group of concerned Christians and citizens of Michigan known as the Church & Truth Project to assist the grass roots right to life movement in protecting the sanctity of human life and exposing the scandalous 100% pro-abortion positions of Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who claims to be a practicing Catholic.

STOP GRANHOLM

Catholic Ping - let me know if you want on/off this list


13 posted on 01/13/2004 7:19:05 AM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Theresa of Avila)
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To: Kieri
However, even if she is a leftist, the Kournikova rule applies.

You are now in compliance.

14 posted on 01/13/2004 7:20:53 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: FormerLib
I wonder if the Pope would see fit to place the state under Interdiction (if that's even an option anymore).

Probably disappeared in Vatican II ... (Bummer) ...Bishop Burke (LaCrosse, WI) set a great example with his condemnation of pro-abortion politicians. Cardinal Maida (Detroit) would be well within his authority to do the same regarding pro-pervert politicians.

15 posted on 01/13/2004 7:21:48 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: Kieri
Granholm is a wolf in sheep's clothing. She has waited just long enough to begin the real assualt on Michigan. There is one congressman who has been willing to stand up to the Granholm initiative-Alan Cropsey-and he is taking alot of heat for being a right man. We must support those who can be our voice. This agenda is slippery and wrong.
16 posted on 01/13/2004 7:22:02 AM PST by truthingod
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To: hobbes1
You could split logs with that face...
17 posted on 01/13/2004 7:22:31 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: NYer
Gov. Jennifer Granholm chose Christmas to announce her new executive order granting special "protected class" status to state employees involved in homosexual relationships, morally and legally equating homosexual behavior to race, ethnicity, and religion.

God help her. She's one confused lady.

18 posted on 01/13/2004 7:32:53 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: All
MOST of Michigan is sane. That said, I despise Granholm and consider her to be a foreign interloper.

Tia

19 posted on 01/13/2004 7:39:05 AM PST by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Kieri
WHAT!?!!?!?!?! grrr god we need engler back,granholm REALLY blew it now,i thought she was decent but now screw that man get that witch outta my michigan!
20 posted on 01/13/2004 7:43:02 AM PST by MetalHeadConservative35 (No self respecting idiot would just "act" like and idiot,yet it is idiocy to "act" like an idiot)
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To: Kieri
"...Ann Arbor fired a veteran detective on charges that he violated said policy by expressing his opinion during a public forum for police chief hopefuls. "(He) is accused of saying he thought one candidate had a gay agenda," a homosexual newsmagazine reported..."

Well, no need for this guy to worry. I'm sure the ACLU will be working hard to restore his job. My God, this is abomination. You can now be fired for espousing a religious/political opinion. This is a sorry day. I'm guessing there are some happy libs; gays are publicly rewarded, while Boy Scouts are slapped down. Jesus Wept.

21 posted on 01/13/2004 7:50:13 AM PST by jim35
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To: Paloma_55
"...President Bush, our Compassionate conservative republicrat, must have forgotten to speak on this matter as he stood by quietly when this biological discovery was made..."

Didn't you hear? President Bush invented the gay agenda. It was while he and satan were formulating our national policy one day... /sarcasm off
Get a grip on yourself, for heaven's sake. Not every evil in this country can be ascribed to G.W. I'm getting really tired of all the Bush bashing, but this... this is beyond the pale. Why don't you just go to Iowa, and stump for Dean?
22 posted on 01/13/2004 7:55:57 AM PST by jim35
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To: MetalHeadConservative35
"...i thought she was decent..."

You know, I thought she wasn't too bad either. She isn't that bad on fiscal issues, but she sucks on social issues. Why does this issue have to be so in-your-face? It's discouraging.

23 posted on 01/13/2004 8:05:59 AM PST by Pest (I will choose Free Will!)
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To: Pest
well i guess we shoulda known,she is a democrat,she pulled a "person who will decieve the world" on us

but it is helpful know this broad has a very low approval rating last i checked so she wont be staying much longer

24 posted on 01/13/2004 8:15:03 AM PST by MetalHeadConservative35 (No self respecting idiot would just "act" like and idiot,yet it is idiocy to "act" like an idiot)
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To: Kieri
Destroy traditional family. Why not? Jennifer is a committed Marxist of the Hillary variety. Her next decree will be abolishing individual control of private property, and all landowners will be compelled to manage their land for the "common good."

She's also working on banning recall and the referendum initiative. And she's trying to set up regional commissions composed of her hand-picked fascist bureaucrats to dictate policy to county and local governments.

I don't believe MI ever had a communist governor before, so it's going to get very interesting before it gets better.
25 posted on 01/13/2004 9:35:56 AM PST by sergeantdave (Gen. Custer wore an Arrowsmith shirt to his last property owner convention.)
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping!

Take this one apart.

Then write to your newspapers and elected representatives.

If anyone wants on or off this Ping list, let me know.
26 posted on 01/13/2004 9:41:13 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: little jeremiah
Read later bump. I have to go replace a well pump and pressure tank so we can have water again.
27 posted on 01/13/2004 10:21:36 AM PST by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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To: Thane_Banquo
The final step of Kolb's strategy is legalizing homosexual "marriage."

The final step, not mentioned by Kolb, is to outlaw all criticism of homosexuality.

The final step is to outlaw the promotion of heterosexuality.
28 posted on 01/13/2004 11:21:37 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: joesnuffy
Sodomites, Muslims, and illegals....This aint your daddy's Republic anymore

10 posted on 01/13/2004 10:15:57 AM EST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)

from your reply to your tag,

BTTT!
29 posted on 01/13/2004 11:23:16 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: Kieri
Fine. . .give 'em medical coverage, but make them pay a larger share of it because of their choice to engage in risky behavior. After all, that's what they are doing to smokers 'round the country.
30 posted on 01/13/2004 11:24:07 AM PST by MEGoody
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To: Kieri
The Deadly Dozen

Canadian Prime Minister Taunts Church: "I Am A Catholic And For Abortion"
Catholic Church asks Tom Daschle to stop calling himself a Catholic
On Catholic Politicians and Faith
Vatican Urges Catholic Politicians to Vote Along Church Lines
Senator Santorum on Being Catholic and a Politician
William E. Simon, Sr. and Jr. Devout Catholics, Philanthropists and Politicians
Deadly Dozen senator taken to task over claims of Catholicism
THE BISHOP AND THE SENATOR [author links to FR thread regarding Daschle in her online column]
Blood On Their Hands: Exposing Pro-abortion Catholic Politicians
MI Gov Granholm Proclaims June "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month"
Colorado Governor To Media:'WE LOVE OUR CHURCH' [Gov. Bill Owens
U.S. Senator Brownback and Commentator Dick Morris Join Catholic Church
PRIEST REFUSES COMMUNION TO KNEELING PRO-LIFE POLITICIAN [Richard Black, Virginia]
Kerry [Catholic} says he'll filibuster Supreme Court nominees who do not support abortion rights
Pope to MPs: Stop gay marriage
Vatican - Considerations regarding ... homosexual persons
CONFUSIONS ABOUT POLITICAL JUDGMENT AND THE MORAL LAW
Prelate says politicians who back abortion shouldn't go to Communion
Bishop draws fire for targeting Chrétien
Kennedy likens Vatican stance on gay unions to 'bigotry' (oh, go get a job, you little creep)
Ignorance or Malicious Intent? "No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to..."
George Weigel on Authentic Catholic Citizenship, and the Duty of Catholic Politicians to Behave as Catholics
Conservative Catholics urge Church to challenge "dissenters"
[Robert F., Jr.] Kennedy to speak at Festival of Faiths (Environmentalism as religion)
Faithful Catholic Politicians
Catholic Bishops Eye Possible Crackdown of Pro-Abortion Pols
PETITION TO EX-COMMUNICATE PRO-ABORTION CATHOLIC ELECTED OFFICIALS
It is Time to Excommunicate the Politicians
Church vows to fight gay marriage: Catholics pressure pols
Should politicians toe their church line?
Church May Penalize Politicans
Catholic politicians facing dogmatic threat
Bishop appeals to Catholic lawmakers [Wisconsin]
New St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Warns Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians of Excommunication.
Bishop Objected to AIDS Walk
Wisconsin Catholic Lawmakers Seek Victim Status In Feud With Bishop
Bishop Burke discusses the letters he sent to Catholic politicians
Congressman Places Internal Pro-Abortion Docs in Congressional Record
Flynn: Dems ignore Catholics
Granholm gay rights order "a slap in the face"
Calif. Bishop To Gov. Davis: Pick Abortion Or Communion [formal excommunication?]
California Bishop to Gov: Oppose Abortion or No Communion (New Title)
Sacramento Bishop Challenges Governor on Abortion; Tells Davis to Stop Receiving Communion
Granholm's Bible-thumping Sure to Rile GOP
Bishop: No Communion for Abortion Backers
Legislators can't have Eucharist, bishop says: Don't serve supporters of abortion rights, euthanasia
Wisc. Bishop Tells Pro-Abort. Catholic Pols: Change Your Stripes or Stay Away from Holy Communion
Diocese targets Granholm on abortion
NJ Governor McGreevey a devout Catholic, yet diplomatic {Barf Alert}
Communion ban on lawmakers who back abortion starts furor
Bishop's ban ignites church-state debate
(MI) Governor's effort is first step to give gays special benefits, weapon against religion [Granholm]

31 posted on 01/13/2004 2:32:34 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: hobbes1
I'd agree if she was hot.
32 posted on 01/13/2004 2:37:21 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("And it's worth the sweat, and it's worth the pain, cause the chance may never come again" -)
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To: truthingod
Cropsey is a state senator, not a congressman.(Rogers is the congressman from the district).
33 posted on 01/13/2004 2:38:45 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("And it's worth the sweat, and it's worth the pain, cause the chance may never come again" -)
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To: sergeantdave
I don't believe MI ever had a communist governor before, so it's going to get very interesting before it gets better.

Were you here for Jim Blanchard?

34 posted on 01/13/2004 2:40:57 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("And it's worth the sweat, and it's worth the pain, cause the chance may never come again" -)
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To: jim35
I think my point, sarcastic as it was, was somewhere in the middle. I am not blaming Bush for what the Supremes did, I only hold him responsible for standing by and saying nothing.

I will probably still vote for him. I just call a spade a spade.
35 posted on 01/13/2004 2:43:09 PM PST by Paloma_55
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To: Dan from Michigan
Were you here for Jim Blanchard?

Coleman Young's puppetboy?

(remember the interview with Stone Phillips)

36 posted on 01/13/2004 2:50:55 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: scripter
One can live without electricity, or work around it; wash clothes by hand, figure out a way to cook, but water is vital!
37 posted on 01/13/2004 3:08:32 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: RckyRaCoCo
Coleman Young. Good riddance to that racist.
38 posted on 01/13/2004 3:11:19 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("And it's worth the sweat, and it's worth the pain, cause the chance may never come again" -)
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To: hobbes1; Dan from Michigan; ladylib
I compare the Legally Blonde RAT to a sea snake. Beautiful on the outside, but extremely poisonous.
39 posted on 01/13/2004 8:22:09 PM PST by Kuksool
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