Snyder calls for non-discrimination

Timothy Kincaid

June 4th, 2014

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) has been walking a careful line when it comes to gay issues.

When his state’s ban on marriage equality was found to be unconstitutional, he opted not to share his own views and left the appeal to the state’s attorney general. And when his office had to take a position on those marriages that occurred before a stay was issued, he found a legal medium; the marriages were legal (and thus could be recognized federally) but the state’s statutes (once the ruling was stayed) disallowed state recognition.

But now he has found a way to be supportive of the gay community, and do so at the behest of a Republican constituency. Speaking at the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, where a group of business leaders has endorsed adding LGBT rights to the civil rights law, he concurred. (Michigan radio)

Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like the Legislature to amend Michigan’s civil rights law to add protections for gays, lesbians and transgendered people.

“I don’t believe in discrimination and I think it would be great if they, the Legislature, looked at it later in the year,” said Snyder.

Mark

June 4th, 2014

And this was a painless move for him to make, since there’s almost no chance the Republican leadership of the state legislature will ever bring a measure like this to the floor for a vote.

Just as he endorsed the appeal of the marriage ruling while refusing to state what his position on ssm is, Snyder can eat his cake and have it too.

Steve

June 5th, 2014

Words are wind

JEM

June 5th, 2014

I am stunned. One of the ads that came up on this page is blatantly anti-marriage equality. “Vote on Traditional Marriage”!

Victor

June 6th, 2014

@JEM… There often are antigay ads scrolling through BTB. I don’t think the editors can they control which ads run because they cycle through. It would be nice if they would end the relationship with that ad aggregator in favor of one that would never run the many questionable ads that do appear here. But my guess is a contract is in place; I doubt it is even possible to find an aggregator that screens for antigay/offensive ads; and BTB needs the revenue stream. I wonder if they are even aware of it.

Ian

June 6th, 2014

Well at least:

1. those ads falls on deaf ears

2. lowers guard of idiot conservatives who might think this is an antigay page, resulting in “unwanted” understanding after reading through the articles.

3. more ads here = more money those anti-gay orgs pay = trolololololo

I’m all for antigay ads :)

Eric Payne

June 6th, 2014

I’m not sure how it works, but I think the ads here (and on Towelroad and <iJoe.My.God) are, at least, partially generated by the individual user’s browser history (“cookies”) and/or Google searches.

Recently, I went in research of electric pressure cookers, and did the appropriate searches for same. After that, whenever I visited this site, or the two others I mentioned, the ads I’ve been getting are for “Power Pressure Cooker XL.”

Hey, look! It’s 25% off… but even that savings isn’t enough to make me ignore the overwhelmingly bad reviews the product has received, including multiple complaints of failure to deliver the product after 6 months. Instead, I went with the Emeril by T-Fal, which was rated the best by America’s Test Kitchen Cook’s Country.

Lord_Byron

June 6th, 2014

Snyder is basically trying to do whatever he can to get reelected. That is why he and the GOP passed their version of the minimum wage hike instead of letter the voter referendum take place in November. They are very aware that that referendum would bring out the democratic voters like the anti-gay bills brought out the gop voters.

Lord_Byron

June 6th, 2014

Just as a side note, but wooohoo wisconsin.

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