BY BTL STAFF
The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo is a great opportunity to think about and finalize wedding plans, but many LGBT people are concerned about same-sex marriages and what they will look like under the Trump administration. While the president does not have the right to unilaterally scrap marriage equality, he used his power to appoint Supreme Court justices who can.
In an effort to educate and inform LGBT people, Between The Lines will host a workshop, “LGBT Rights in the Trump Era – What Lies Ahead,” on March 26 at 11 a.m. in the second floor ballroom at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.
The event will be facilitated by Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project and Angie Martell of Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC in Ann Arbor.
“I’m going to talk about how despite the monumental marriage equality decision, threats to LGBT equality remain, most notably efforts by legislators to pass laws that would permit discrimination under the guise of religious beliefs,” said Kaplan. “I will also address the proposed draft Executive Order from the Trump Administration that would also permit this type of discrimination, as well as Michigan’s law permitting faith based adoption and foster care agencies that contract with the State to refuse to work with LGBT families. I also talk about the backlash targeting transgender people for discriminatory treatment, such as the bathroom bills we’ve seen introduced around the country.”
Martell’s conversation will center around the Obergefell case decided in June 2015, and the complexity of the issues the LGBT community has been up against since then, such as transgender marriage, the resurrection of civil unions and domestic partnerships in other states, divorce, financial planning and prenuptial agreements, name changes, adoption and family planning, and estate planning.
“We understand because we stand in your shoes. We understand and are connected to the pulse of issues in our movement,” she said, noting the importance of talking with a culturally competent attorney. “We understand how complex the trajectory still is regarding LGBT issues and are aware of all the issues we still must address and navigate.”
The first 50 workshop registrants will receive free access to the Expo. Register for this event at http://www.milgbtwedding.com. Use the code: WKS17.
The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo, a Between The Lines project is March 26 from 12-4 p.m. at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit. For updates, follow http://www.facebook.com/UltimateLGBTExpo on Facebook, @BTLexpo on Twitter and @BTLEXPO on Instagram.