Make Your Reservations Now for the 2007 AFA-Michigan Banquet

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DAVID LIMBAUGH to keynote
AFA-Michigan 2007 banquet

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Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

Please put Thursday, April 26th, on your calendar and plan to join us for the American Family Association of Michigan’s 2007 annual banquet in Oakland County.

Advanced Reservations Recommended — Seating is limited and we expect our speaker to draw a full capacity crowd. Please contact Event Coordinator Nicole Stahl at nicole@nicolestahl.com to place your reservation and make sure you get seats.

Please also contact Nicole if you live nearby and would like to volunteer to help with this event.

As it was last year, our banquet will be held at the beautiful Addison Oaks Conference Center in Leonard, located in northeastern Oakland County.

Our banquet keynote speaker this year will be attorney and political commentator DAVID LIMBAUGH, best-selling author of the book, “Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity.”

David is the brother of nationally known radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Below, you’ll find two references David made in “Persecution” to the American Family Association of Michigan and our defense of Christians who have faced persecution for their faith here in Michigan.

You can visit David’s website at:
http://www.davidlimbaugh.com/books.htm

And please watch for more detailed information to come in the weeks ahead.

We deeply appreciate your support, which makes all that we do possible.

And we look forward to seeing you on April 26th!

Gary Signature
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan

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DAVID LIMBAUGH to Keynote
AFA-Michigan 2007 Banquet

DavidLimbaugh

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Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

Please put Thursday, April 26th, on your calendar and plan to join us for the American Family Association of Michigan’s 2007 annual banquet in Oakland County.

Advanced Reservations Recommended — Seating is limited and we expect our speaker to draw a full capacity crowd. Please contact Event Coordinator Nicole Stahl at nicole@nicolestahl.com to place your reservation and make sure you get seats.

Please also contact Nicole if you live nearby and would like to volunteer to help with this event.

As it was last year, our banquet will be held at the beautiful Addison Oaks Conference Center in Leonard, located in northeastern Oakland County. Our banquet committee has determined that the price per ticket for our April 26th annual banquet featuring best-selling author David Limbaugh will be $48 per person.

Our banquet keynote speaker this year will be attorney and political commentator DAVID LIMBAUGH, best-selling author of the book, “Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity.”

David is the brother of nationally known radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Below, you’ll find two references David made in “Persecution” to the American Family Association of Michigan and our defense of Christians who have faced persecution for their faith here in Michigan.

You can visit David’s website at:
http://www.davidlimbaugh.com/books.htm

And please watch for more detailed information to come in the weeks ahead.

We deeply appreciate your support, which makes all that we do possible.

And we look forward to seeing you on April 26th!

Gary Signature
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan

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ONENEWSNOW.COM: AFA-MI President Applauds Court for Striking Down Homosexual Benefits


“Gary Glenn, president of AFA of Michigan explains one of the reasons why he views the ruling as a big victory for families. ‘For the average Michigan taxpayer, whose family does not receive government-paid insurance of any kind, this was a victory, because Michigan taxpayers will no longer be forced to subsidize homosexual relationships among government workers as if those relationships are equal or similar to marriage,’ he says.”


ONE NEWS NOW
Tupelo, Mississippi – February 12, 2007

Michigan appeals court hands victory to traditional marriage

by Allie Martin

Pro-family advocates are applauding a recent ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals which banned public universities and state and local governments from providing health insurance to partners of homosexual employees.

The president of the American Family Association of Michigan says a state appeals court ruling that bans benefits for same-sex partners of government and public university employees is a major victory for pro-family advocates.

With the ruling, Michigan becomes the first state to rule that public employers cannot offer health benefits if those benefits are based on treating homosexual relationships similar to marriage. In its ruling, the court said Michigan’s Marriage Protection Amendment — which was passed in November 2004 with almost 60 percent of the popular vote — was clear in its definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Gary Glenn, president of AFA of Michigan explains one of the reasons why he views the ruling as a big victory for families.

“For the average Michigan taxpayer whose family does not receive government-paid insurance of any kind, this was a victory because Michigan taxpayers will no longer be forced to subsidize homosexual relationships among government workers as if those relationships are equal or similar to marriage,” he says.

The ruling was solid, says Glenn. “The court ruled clearly — and we believe consistently with the Marriage Protection Amendment’s language — that the government cannot recognize a homosexual relationship as equal or similar to marriage for any purpose in Michigan,” comments the family advocate. “So it’s a great victory for that 60 percent of Michigan citizens who voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment.”

More than 20 other states still have to decide how their marriage protection amendments apply to same-sex partner benefits.

Homosexual rights advocates say they will appeal the ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court.


You can read the OneNewsNow.com article here.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Michigan Court is First to Ban Homosexual Benefits


“Conservatives, however, are lauding the decision and say the (Michigan Court of Appeals) interpreted the (marriage) amendment’s clear wording. ‘Since two-thirds of all the (state) marriage amendments are more similar to Michigan’s language, who’s to say that the Michigan decision won’t be the prevailing precedent in the future?’ said Gary Glenn, the president of the American Family Association of Michigan who helped write Michigan’s measure.”


ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lansing, Michigan – February 7, 2007

Michigan court is first to ban benefits for gay partners
by Dave Eggert

When a Michigan appeals court recently ruled that partners of gays and lesbians who work for government and state universities can’t be covered by their partners’ health insurance, gay rights advocates nationally became alarmed. They fear the decision could encourage similar rulings in 17 other states whose bans on gay marriage could be interpreted to prohibit domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples. Michigan, one of 27 states with constitutional bans on gay marriage, is the first to rule that public employers can’t offer health benefits if they’re based on treating same-sex relationships as similar to marriage.

“It really is just a matter of time before we start seeing wholesale litigation in this area,” said Carrie Evans, state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group in Washington, D.C. In Alaska, the only other state to rule so far on the benefits given to the same-sex partners of public employees, the courts went the other way, ruling that it’s unconstitutional to deny such benefits.

But more than a score of states have yet to grapple with how their gay marriage bans apply to same-sex partner benefits.
For Dennis Patrick, 43, a professor at Eastern Michigan University whose partner, Tom Patrick, is covered under Dennis’ health insurance, losing the court case has been tough. The couple has adopted four foster children, one with a developmental disability. Tom Patrick works part-time to care for the kids. “If he has to go back to work full-time, that hurts our family. Or we have to pay for health benefits out of pocket, which hurts our family,” said Dennis Patrick, one of 21 plaintiffs who sued the state. He worries the ruling could immediately strip Tom’s insurance unless it’s halted by the Michigan Supreme Court, where the case will be appealed. “It’s pretty scary,” he said. “To me that either demonstrates a lack of understanding of how this can affect our family or other families, or it’s just mean and cruel.”

In its ruling, the three-judge panel said “the people, in an act of self-government, could rationally conclude that the welfare and morals of society benefit from protecting and strengthening traditional marriages.” Twenty-three states have passed constitutional bans on gay marriage since 2004, largely in response to gay marriages being performed in Massachusetts. Eighteen of those states, including Michigan, have broader amendments that also prohibit the recognition of civil unions or same-sex partnerships.
Michigan’s appeals court decision caught some by surprise.

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DAILY PRESS AND ARGUS: Schools Look to Settle Book Flap


“The American Family Association of Michigan…has brought up the possibility of bringing legal pressure on the (Howell Public School) district. President Gary Glenn said a legal opinion from the national AFA found that distributing a book describing scenes of child rape — as one of the books in question does — violates child pornography laws. He said he passed that opinion to (local parents), who may decide to bring it to the attention of local law enforcement authorities.”

Please join concerned parents in urging Howell High School not to use a book (“The Bluest Eyes”) that graphically depicts the rape of an 11-year old girl by her father.

Howell High School
Office phone: 517-548-6201
Principal’s e-mail: smithw@howellschools.com

Thanks as always for your support!

Respectfully,

Gary Signature
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan


DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Howell, Michigan – February 5, 2007

Schools look to settle book flap
by Dan Meisler

In response to concerns raised over books with sexual content assigned to high school students, the Howell Public Schools is moving toward including more parents in the process of approving curriculum. Marybeth Roose, the district’s director of community education and district communications, said the district is planning to add some parents to the Curriculum Council, which approves all new or amended class material.

“Parents will definitely soon be included,” she said. “Especially in the book review process.” The council has about 50 members, and while it is a “diverse group,” she said, all of the members are either teachers or administrators — although some are also parents as well.

Exactly how many parents will be on the council has yet to be determined, Roose said. Board of Education member Wendy Day said making the council more representative of the community at large is a good idea. Day has been sympathetic to the concerns raised by the Livingston Organization for Values in Education, or LOVE, that material in “The Freedom Writers Diary,” “Black Boy” by Richard Wright and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison is not appropriate for high school students. “I would like to see the curriculum committee more reflective of the community,” she said.

Increased parental involvement is one potential solution to the controversy that has placed the Howell Public Schools in the middle of a national debate on what is appropriate for students to read. On one side, conservative, family-values groups such as LOVE are seeking to keep material they deem inappropriate out of the public schools.

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DETROIT NEWS: Court Rejects Same-Sex Benefits for State Employees


“The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled…that public employers and universities can’t provide health insurance and other benefits to the partners of same-sex couples without violating the Michigan Constitution. …Matt Coles, director of the ACLU’s Lesbian and Gay Rights Project in New York City…said the ruling could hurt Michigan’s competitiveness. ‘Particularly in high-tech and academia where there is real competition to attract the best people, this is one of the things that people check out, and not just gay people,’ Coles said. Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan and a co-author of the marriage amendment, said Coles’ argument is specious and irrelevant. ‘It is not a surprising decision; it is exactly what we expected,’ Glenn said.”


DETROIT NEWS
Detroit, Michigan – February 3, 2007

Court rejects same-sex benefits
Gays working for Michigan government, colleges lose health coverage for partners; appeal planned.
by Paul Egan

Michiganians in same-sex relationships who work for state or local governments or universities face the imminent loss of health care insurance for their domestic partners as a result of a court ruling Friday. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in a case involving the city of Kalamazoo that public employers and universities can’t provide health insurance and other benefits to the partners of same-sex couples without violating the Michigan Constitution. Tens of thousands of Michigan public-sector employees are eligible for such same-sex benefits under collective bargaining agreements, though only a few hundred are in same-sex relationships with partners who would use them.

The court ruled such arrangements violate a constitutional amendment that state voters approved in 2004 that bars public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any purpose. “We’re pleased that the court upheld the rule of the people,” said Rusty Hills, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Cox, who had appealed the Ingham Court decision approving same-sex benefits.

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LANSING STATE JOURNAL: Court Strikes Down Homosexual Benefits for State Employees


“The (Michigan Court of Appeals Thursday) said a 2004 voter-approved ban on gay marriage also applies to same-sex domestic partner benefits. ‘The marriage amendment’s plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any purpose,’ the court said. …Gary Glenn, leader of the Midland-based American Family Association (of Michigan), which supported the 2004 marriage amendment, was pleased with the ruling. ‘The issue at hand is whether or not the government can give formal recognition to homosexual relations as if they are equal to or similar to marriage relationships,’ he said.”


LANSING STATE JOURNAL
Lansing, Michigan – February 3, 2007

Same-sex benefits struck down
Michigan court rules policies violate ban on gay marriage
by Kathleen Lavey

C.J. Thomason and Lisa Feury had high hopes that the Michigan Court of Appeals would uphold a lower court ruling allowing governments and universities in Michigan to allow health benefits for same-sex partners.

But a three-judge panel ruled Friday that such benefits violate the state constitution. Thomason and Feury fear that will put Thomason’s health further in jeopardy.

Thomason has a debilitating medical condition and no money to pay specialists who could help her get back on her feet.

“She wants to work. She’s just not medically able to right now,” said Feury, an eight-year state employee. “I’m not even sure I could put into words how much better our life would be if I were able to cover her under my health plan.”

The state appeals panel said a 2004 voter-approved ban on gay marriage also applies to same-sex domestic partner benefits.
“The marriage amendment’s plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any purpose,” the court said. The decision reverses a 2005 ruling from an Ingham County judge who said universities and governments could provide the benefits. A constitutional amendment passed by Michigan voters in November 2004 made the union between a man and a woman the only agreement recognized as a marriage “or similar union for any purpose.”

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Court Sides with MI Marriage Amendment on Issue of "Gay Benefits"


“The state Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Michigan’s ban against gay marriage also blocks public universities and state and local governments from providing health insurance benefits to the partners of gay workers. …The court said the constitutional amendment doesn’t prevent public employers from giving benefits to unmarried partners if they’re based on something other than a marriage-like union. Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan and co-author of the amendment, said universities and governments could let all their employees designate a beneficiary — a grandmother, gay partner or uncle.


ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lansing, Michigan – February 2, 2007

Court rules gay couples can’t receive health insurance benefits

LANSING, Mich. — Associate professor Alexandra Stern says a big reason she moved from California to Ann Arbor in 2002 was because the University of Michigan provides health care benefits to her lesbian partner.

Now she’s wondering if they should stay.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Michigan’s ban against gay marriage also blocks public universities and state and local governments from providing health insurance benefits to the partners of gay workers.

“It’s very upsetting when you put down roots in a place. You’re a taxpayer and you contribute. But then you get slapped in the face,” said Stern, 40, a medical historian and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She and her partner, Terri Koreck, are trying to adopt a baby.

“If the climate becomes really hostile, we would seriously consider moving elsewhere,” Stern said.

A three-judge panel cited the “plain language” of a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment making the union between a man and woman the only agreement recognized as a marriage “or similar union for any purpose.”

“The protection of the institution of marriage is a longstanding public policy and tradition in the law of Michigan,” wrote Judges Kurtis Wilder, Joel Hoekstra and Brian Zahra.

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