PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MI: LGBTQIA Issues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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

PHOTO: Optimism is growing among civil rights leaders in Michigan that lawmakers in Lansing will continue the state's civil rights legacy by introducing legislation to protect the rights of the state's LGBT citizens by the end of the year. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. - Independence Day isn't the only reason to celebrate in July. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. While Michigan was a civil rights pioneer, state leaders say much more work needs to be done. According to Leslee Fritz, dep

PHOTO:As marriage equality hangs in the balance in Michigan, many same-sex couples and their families face uncertainty in their lives. Photo credit: Emily Roesly/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - The legal limbo over same-sex marriage in Michigan is affecting the ties that bind for hundreds of families. That includes Kathleen LaTosch of Ferndale and her partner of 20 years. They want the same legal protections of other married couples, but as the issue of marriage equality b

PHOTO: April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are at the center of a lawsuit that could legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan. Photo courtesy of Nessel Law.

DETROIT - Same-sex couples in Michigan could legally tie the knot as early as this afternoon, pending a federal judge's decision that could lift the ban on same-sex marriage. The case before Judge Bernard Friedman involves two Michigan women. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are asking to overturn a 20

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