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The University of Michigan Law School

         The University of Michigan Law School

 Panel Discussion on LGBT Rights in Michigan


Date: 10/23/2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Contact: Fore,Justin Wyatt

Location: South Hall 1225

Description: PANEL: LGBT Rights in Michigan
October 23
Lunchtime Discussion

On October 23rd, OutLaws is hosting a panel discussion on LGBT Rights in Michigan. Despite recent polls show that a majority of Michigan voters support marriage equality, and yet a constitutional amendment passed in 2006 prevents state recognition of same-sex couples.

Even as the nation as a whole moves in the direction of greater civil rights for LGBT people, Michigan's current legislature and Governor Rick Snyder (R) have passed legislation to ban localities from offering health insurance, retirement, and other employee benefits to same-sex couples.

Where are we at? What's the path to victory? How does Michigan compare with efforts to move LGBT rights forward in other states?


Sarah Warbelow
State Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign

Sarah is a Michigan Law alumna who manages advocacy efforts on the state and local level for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT Civil Rights organization. Sarah is particularly known in the LGBT movement for writing the constitutional language authorizing marriage equality that Maryland voters ratified in 2012.

Jon Hoadley
President, Badland Strategies
Candidate for State Representative, Kalamazoo

Jon has worked on many successful campaigns within and outside of Michigan, including serving as the Campaign Manager for Justice Bridget Mary McCormack for Michigan Supreme Court; as Campaign Manager for One Kalamazoo, the winning local campaign to defend the sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive Kalmazoo Non-Discrimination Ordinance put before voters in 2009; as Campaign Manager of South Dakotans Against Discrimination; and as the Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats.

Jay Kaplan
Staff Attorney, Michigan ACLU LGBT Project

Denise Brogan-Kator
Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Senior Legislative Counsel, Family Equality Council

A 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Denise Brogan-Kator was the first openly transgender law student to matriculate at the Law School. She is currently the senior legislative counsel for the Family Equality Council, a national LGBT rights organization. She is the immediate past executive director of the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, Equality Michigan.