MICHIGAN MESSENGER — Anti-bullying forces delay statewide lobby day

“The coalition of (homosexual activist) groups supporting the (so-called ‘anti-bullying’) bill and the lobbying efforts have ‘postponed’ indefinitely the event. …Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, sent out a gleeful email late Friday afternoon declaring victory, ‘AFA-Michigan has so effectively exposed and discredited the Triangle Foundation’s past Trojan Horse “bullying” legislation that homosexual activists still trying to ride that dead horse have been reduced to attacking Triangle for being smart enough to jump off in midstream.'”

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MICHIGAN MESSENGER
Lansing, Michigan
March 23, 2009

Anti-bullying forces delay statewide lobby day
by Todd A. Heywood

On Wednesday, hundreds of parents, educators and youth were expected to flood the halls of the state Capitol to urge law makers to pass Matt’s Safe School Law– a series of bills designed to address bullying in Michigan schools.

However my colleague, Jessica Carrerras, at Between the Lines, has learned the coalition of groups supporting the bill and the lobbying efforts have “postponed” indefinitely the event. The Safe Schools Coalition is made up of various groups, including social workers and LGBT groups.

As we have recently reported, the LGBT goups have been barking at each other over a piece of compromise legislation which would remove enumeration– a list of protected classes.

Sources at Triangle Foundation, an LGBT group pushing for the compromise legislation, told Carrerras this postponement had nothing to do with the ongoing schism in the community.

Triangle Foundation Executive Director Alicia Skillman maintains that the decision to postpone is not tied in any way to the arguments that have taken place. “It’s been an ongoing discussion in the safe schools coalition,” she said.

But Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, sent out a gleeful email late Friday afternoon declaring victory.

AFA-Michigan has so effectively exposed and discredited the Triangle Foundation’s past Trojan Horse “bullying” legislation that homosexual activists still trying to ride that dead horse have been reduced to attacking Triangle for being smart enough to jump off in midstream.

Glenn and his group have opposed the legislation for years, arguing it would create special rights for the gay community. You can read our earlier coverage on this issue here, here and here.
http://michiganmessenger.com:80/15129/anti-bullying-forces-delay-statewide-lobby-day

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