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PNS Daily Newscast - June 14, 2021 


A petition urges Florida's governor to keep enhanced federal pandemic unemployment benefits in place, and four major U.S. cities had mass shootings over the weekend.


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President Biden says America is back at the global table; voting rights groups launch a 'March on Manchin;' and Nevada jockeys for position to hold the first presidential primary.

Public News Service - MI: LGBTQIA Issues

Opponents argue that transgender bathroom bills are an attempt to control a minority population. (Pixabay)

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LANSING, Mich. - Supporters of LGBT equality say it's time to stop gender identity-based discrimination in Michigan and around the country. North Carolina's new law banning people from using public restrooms that don't correspond to their birth gender is now the subject federal litigation, but has

Mira Krishnan of Grand Rapids says there is a tremendous opportunity to nurture a future wave of feminists. (Michigan NOW)

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LANSING, Mich. - March is Women's History Month and, for over a century, women in the U.S. have fought for equality. But despite their advances, persistent struggles within the feminist movement could hinder future progress. That's the view of activist and entrepreneur Mira Krishnan, co-founder an

PHOTO: Tari Muniz and her partner Kim hope to finally be able to make their marriage a reality, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages. Photo courtesy of T. Muniz.

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LANSING, Mich. – Is it the will of voters or a court or law that decides who can marry? The answer many Michiganders have waited years for is almost here, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the issue of marriage equality. Tari Muniz, 57, of Lansing has been with her partner Kim

PHOTO: Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar, shown here with Ingham County Clerk Barbara Byrum on their wedding day, were the first same-sex couple in Michigan history to legally wed. They will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend by continuing to fight for marriage equality in the state. Photo courtesy of B. Byrum.

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LANSING, Mich. - It will be a bit of a bittersweet anniversary this weekend for the 300 same-sex couples in Michigan who legally married last year as they continue to fight for full marriage equality in the state. Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar made Michigan history as the first same-sex couple in

PHOTO: According to the Movement Advancement Project, LGBT Michiganders are put in economic harm through legal discrimination, a lack of family recognition, and hostile education and employment environments. Photo credit: Ludovic Bertron/Flickr.

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan is considered to be among the worst states for LGBT equality, according to a report examining the manner in which Michigan laws put LGBT residents in economic harm. Researcher Naomi Goldberg with the Movement Advancement Project says the lack of employment and housing prot

PHOTO: Republican supporters of the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act say it adds another layer of protection to First Amendment free exercise rights, but opponents say it is a pathway to legalized discrimination. Photo credit: M. Shand.

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LANSING, Mich. – With just a handful of legislative days left before the end of the year, some civil rights activists fear lawmakers are using the lame duck session to legalize certain forms of discrimination. Brooke Tucker, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michiga

PHOTO: If the Supreme Court doesn't take up the issue before the 2016 elections, Michigan voters could get the chance to reverse the state's ban on same-sex marriage as a ballot initiative in 2016. Photo credit: Menstatic/Morguefile.

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LANSING, Mich. - The battle for marriage equality suffered a blow when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states, but supporters say the fight will go on. Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan, says while Michigan voters

PHOTO: Supporters of marriage equality in Michigan are preparing for the next step in the battle, as Michigan's voter-approved ban goes before the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals this week. Photo credit: Dieraecherin/morguefile.com

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LANSING, Mich. - The battle over Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage moves to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday, where an appeals court judge will hear arguments from lawyers challenging same-sex prohibitions in four different states. Advocates for marriage equality in Michigan are gearing up for the n

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