Michigan Republicans shut down resolution to commemorate Pride Month

Cheyna Roth and Gongwer managing editor Alethia Kasben talk about why Republicans shut down the nonbinding measure, new developments with crime victim bills, and what to expect as the Legislature works on the budget ahead of summer break.

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Every June in recent years, Michigan Democrats have introduced a resolution to declare June as Pride Month. It was usually sent to committee and never adopted. But last year, the resolution was adopted. 

In this episode:

  • Why Michigan Republicans shut down resolution recognizing June as Pride Month
  • Developments on package of crime victim bills
  • Will the Legislature complete the state budget before summer break?

When Democrats introduced the resolution this month, using the exact same language as last year’s resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) opposed the resolution, requesting changes to the language that were unacceptable for Michigan Democrats.

The resolution went to committee and was never to be adopted.

State Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) admonished his Republican colleagues on the Senate floor.

“This year, the Republican leadership regresses, and again throws Pride Month back into the trash heap. I guess the cruelty is the point. It is a symbolic resolution. And its journey is symbolic of what you do to the LGBTQ community, as well.”

Photo credit: Benson Kua

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