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West Michigan LGBT community reacts to Supreme Court ruling
June 27, 2013 | WGVU The Supreme
Court’s decision Wednesday to strike down a provision of the federal Defense of
Marriage Act or DOMA which will make more than one thousand federal benefits available to married same-sex couples and a ruling on Prop 8 that allows gay marriage to resume in California
is considered a huge victory in the LGBT community. “I honestly, at first, I wasn't sure - I didn't know if it was really that huge of a victory but I think it's sort of a monumental victory, I think it's a really big deal." Joshua
Croff, an MSU graduate and urban planner with a government agency in downtown Muskegon.
While still no change to Michigan’s ban on same sex marriage passed by voters in
2004, Croff, who is gay, is pleasantly surprised by local reaction to the rulings. “It was funny because a friend from the east side of the state asked me, 'How is conservative West Michigan reacting to the news?' and I said, you know, I work among a lot of professionals here in downtown Muskegon and most of the people I spoke with were happy DOMA was struck down and we are not narrowly defining a marriage as between one man and one woman.” Both the
city of Muskegon and Muskegon County have been petitioned to add protections
for LGBT individuals.
Zimmerman works for a small non-profit that carries out community development
work in downtown Muskegon. Currently single with two children from a previous
heterosexual marriage, Zimmerman tried for years to fit into the traditional one
man-one woman idea of marriage as well as the ideals of her church but could no longer deny her
"My goal in my life is not to make everybody believe it's okay to be gay and I don't want to fight to be who I am but what I do want to do is help people to gain mutual respect; you don't have to like my lifestyle but you do have to respect me, that's what it's about." The rulings
make it possible for same-sex couples to jointly file tax returns as well as apply
for other benefits including Social Security.
Lawyer says singer Anita Baker owes him money
Detroit MI September 30, 2014 | WGVU A lawyer who represented Anita Baker against allegations she failed to pay for work done on her Detroit-area home is suing the singer, saying she owes him money.
Judge won't stop Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI September 29, 2014 | WGVU A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy won't stop the city from shutting off water if people can't pay their bill.
Port Huron center construction hits halfway mark
Port Huron September 29, 2014 | WGVU Construction is about halfway complete on a $5.5 million welcome center for people entering the U.S. at Port Huron.
Detroit crews start laying light rail track
Detroit MI September 29, 2014 | WGVU Crews have started laying the track for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.
West Africans in Detroit rally over Ebola outbreak
Detroit MI September 29, 2014 | WGVU Detroit's West African communities are rallying to raise money and awareness to help families suffering from the Ebola virus overseas, as well as those in Michigan feeling the effects of the crisis.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 4 cents in week
Dearborn MI September 29, 2014 | WGVU AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state have risen about 4 cents in the last week.
Grand Rapids forum tackles local, state issues
September 29, 2014 | WGVU Business and policy leaders talk West Michigan’s future at a two-day event.
Music and art featured at Grand Haven festival
September 29, 2014 | WGVU Art Prize is not the only creative showcase in town.
WMPF: Correct framework key to addressing poverty
September 29, 2014 | WGVU Social misunderstandings of poverty may cause additional harm when it comes to education and employment.
Snyder hosting 1st of town hall campaign events
KALAMAZOO, Mich. September 29, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder is kicking off a series of town hall-style events with voters as he campaigns for re-election.
Michigan pit bull owners protest at ArtPrize entry
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. September 29, 2014 | AP Pit bull owners are protesting an entry in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize contest that memorializes dog attack victims because they say it unfairly blames the dog breeds.
Man, 83, charged in wreck that killed his wife
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. September 29, 2014 | AP An 83-year-old man has been charged in a wrong-way crash that killed his wife and another woman on Interstate 96 in western Michigan.
Snyder: US, not Canada, should pay for customs plaza
September 29, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit.
We have more from Rick Pluta.
Company working to Mow Down Hunger in Detroit area
Detroit MI September 26, 2014 | WGVU An outdoor power equipment company is continuing to Mow Down Hunger in the Detroit area.
Muskegon college opens health science center
Muskegon MI September 26, 2014 | WGVU A Muskegon college has opened an $8 million health science center to train health care providers in a simulated operating room and radiology suite.
Detroit's elected officials regain control of city
Detroit MI September 26, 2014 | WGVU The day-to-day operations of Detroit's city government are back in the hands of its elected mayor and City Council.
Girl, 10, with leukemia to be celebrity for a day
September 26, 2014 | WGVU A 10-year-old Detroit-area girl with leukemia is about to become a celebrity for a day.
Grant aimed at improving health in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI September 26, 2014 | WGVU A health department that serves the Grand Rapids area will receive more than $2 million over three years to reduce chronic disease and promote healthier lifestyles.
Holland looks to link new residents to community
September 26, 2014 | WGVU City of Holland officials want to be better neighbors to new families.
Man convicted in fatal shooting at Kalamazoo bar
Kalamazoo, MI September 26, 2014 | AP A 24-year-old man faces sentencing next month after being convicted of second-degree murder in a shooting death at a Kalamazoo sports bar.
Ex-state Sen. Jaye gets plea deal in Macomb County
September 26, 2014 | AP A former state senator has taken a plea deal for a disorderly conduct charge in Macomb County.
Land transfer deal for new border bridge approved
DETROIT September 26, 2014 | AP The state has approved Detroit's transfer of 301 city-owned properties to a Michigan land bank authority in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for an international commuter bridge.
Christie praises Snyder's handling of Detroit
DETROIT September 26, 2014 | AP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is praising how Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has addressed bankrupt Detroit, crediting him for being realistic with residents.
State board completes Detroit EM wrapup
September 26, 2014 | MPRN A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy.
We have more from Rick Pluta.
Transportation Secretary Foxx to speak in Detroit
Detroit MI September 25, 2014 | WGVU Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to discuss race and inequality with students in Detroit and also make a funding announcement for the city's public transportation system.
Conyers to receive first Jazz Advocate Award
Detroit MI September 25, 2014 | WGVU Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers is being honored for his advocacy of jazz.
Groundbreaking set for new Detroit hockey arena
Detroit MI September 25, 2014 | WGVU Officials are expected to hold a groundbreaking for a new 18,000-seat hockey arena and 45-block entertainment complex in Detroit.
Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition bans artist
Grand Rapids MI September 25, 2014 | WGVU The annual ArtPrize international art contest in Grand Rapids has permanently banned a stunt artist who it says has broken public safety rules in past years.
Emaciated falcon rescued from Grand Rapids bridge
Grand Rapids MI September 25, 2014 | WGVU A young and emaciated peregrine falcon has been rescued from Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids and is being taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
FDA reclassifies popular pain killer Vicodin
Grand Rapids MI September 25, 2014 | WGVU There’s a big change coming in the way a popular pain killer is prescribed
Kent County grant to bolster public health programs
September 25, 2014 | WGVU A $2.18 million grant received by the Kent County Heath Department benefits several Grand Rapids neighborhoods.
Baker College of Muskegon expands life science programs with new Health Science Center
September 25, 2014 | WGVU Muskegon’s Baker College is showing off its new Health Science Center. Campus president Lee Coggin tells WGVU the school is positioned to meet the demand for graduating life sciences specialists.
Snyder won’t comment on Aramark ‘murder for hire’ accusations during investigation
September 25, 2014 | MPRN Gov. Rick Snyder is staying silent on the latest scandal related to the state’s prison food service contract. That’s while the matter is under investigation.
Operations begin at new Upper Peninsula mine
Marquette MI September 24, 2014 | WGVU Operations have begun at a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula following a 12-year legal and political struggle.
Kmart plans to close 5 Michigan stores this year
Rochester, MI September 24, 2014 | WGVU The Detroit News reports the retailer announced Tuesday that closings will be at stores in Rochester, Madison Heights, Port Huron, Burton and Flint.
Michigan guardsmen return from Afghanistan
Midland MI September 24, 2014 | WGVU Nearly 150 members of the Michigan Army National Guard have returned home following an 11-month tour in Afghanistan.
Michigan responders to practice homeland defense
Muskegon MI September 24, 2014 | WGVU Local and state response teams in Michigan will practice disaster management in a simulation of a foreign ship bringing hazardous materials into a Muskegon harbor.
Benton Harbor schools OK state consent agreement
Benton Harbor MI September 24, 2014 | WGVU Benton Harbor school officials have voted to enter into a consent agreement with the state of Michigan to address the district's financial emergency.
New environmental plans include Muskegon site
September 24, 2014 | WGVU Phase two of a Great Lakes action plan addresses a site in West Michigan.
Insurers would be required to offer abortion insurance under Democrats’ bill
September 24, 2014 | MPRN Democrats in state House and Senate say all Michigan insurance companies should be required to offer abortion coverage. As Jake Neher tells us, the legislation is a response to a new law banning abortion coverage in standard health plans.
Snyder: Detroit EM should maintain a role with city through bankruptcy
September 24, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr stick around even if the mayor and city council vote this week to remove him.
We have more from Rick Pluta.