Michigan will continue to protect equality rights under a new ruling, while LGBT Ohioans are afraid of Republicans targeting their rights.

LGBT Rights Stay Protected After Michigan Supreme Court Ruling

In a 5-2 vote July 28, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in support of LGBT protection. According to WZZM13, the word “sex” in Michigan's key civil rights law applies to sexual orientation and not just gender.

The case was tried by Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel, who identifies as gay.

“Our residents deserve to live in a state that recognizes the value of diversity and rejects the notion that our own civil rights law could be used as a tool of discrimination," said Nessel.

The case was tried because in 2019, Rouch World, an event center in Sturgis, refused to provide the venue a same-sex couple’s wedding because of the owner’s religious beliefs. 

That same year, a trans woman was denied at a hair-removal service. 




Ohioans Fear LGBT Rights Will Be Targeted by GOP


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Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade last month, queer Ohioans are concerned that rights will soon be stripped for them.

"Lawmakers are not going to stop just at abortion, and they're going to do everything they can to try to dismantle this movement, dismantle access to bodily autonomy," said Kersha Deibel, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, who is queer, to The Columbus Dispatch.

Since the beginning of 2022, there have been more than 340 anti-LGBT bills according to the Human Rights Campaign.

After the SCOTUS ruling, more information came out about who would be harmed by the lack of abortion access.

“In a 2021 study from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 433 pregnancies were reported from 210 trans, non-binary and intersex respondents. Twenty-one percent of those pregnancies ended in abortion, compared to 15.4% for heterosexual women,” reports The Columbus Dispatch.