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The choice couldn’t be more clear

By |2006-10-05T09:00:00-04:00October 5th, 2006|Uncategorized|
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

Signed an Executive Directive banning discrimination in state employment based on sexual orientation.
Campaigned against 2004’s anti-marriage Proposal 2
Appointed dozens of qualified openly-gay people to key positions, including an openly gay man as her Chief of Staff, and the first openly gay Judge.
Invited over 100 LGBT leaders to a welcome reception at the Governor’s mansion
Supports civil unions for LGBT couples
Supports domestic partner benefits
Supports second parent adoption for LGBT couples
Supports expanding the state’s civil rights legislation to include LGBT people
Supports LGBT community organizations and has attended many LGBT events
Helped secure a “Cool Cities” grant for Affirmations new building project in Ferndale
Supports a woman’s right to choose
Dedicated public servant since 1990
Supports public education
Wants to raise educational standards
Supports Michigan’s auto industry
Comes from a working-class family; understands the needs of Michigan’s families
Supports raising the minimum wage
Has worked hard to turn Michigan’s economy around in the wake of John Engler’s administration
Endorsed by Triangle Pride PAC, Michigan Equality, Council of Baptist Pastors and Between The Lines
Responded positively to BTL’s candidate questionnaire

Amway scion, Republican candidate Dick DeVos

Family was the largest individual donor to 2004’s anti-marriage Proposal 2
Supports “life from conception”
Quit his one elected position, on the state Board of Education, after two years to run Amway
Wants to privatize education
Supports teaching the religious doctrine “intelligent design” in science classes
Can’t even get the support of the Log Cabin Republicans
Family supports the American Family Association’s boycott of Ford Motor Co.
Billionaire; inherited Amway, a direct marketing empire built on what some call a pyramid scheme
Has cut 2,000 Michigan jobs since taking over Amway
Opposes a minimum wage increase; his wife, Betsy, said publicly that Michigan workers are paid too much*
Endorsed by Michigan Right to Life and the anti-gay organization Citizens for Traditional Values
Refused to respond to BTL’s candidate questionnaire in a letter dated Aug. 21, 2006

* “Betsy DeVos: Michigan workers paid too much” Grand Rapids Press, April 28, 2004

Because there is too much at stake, and simply too much to lose. For our families, our schools and our state – vote for Governor Jennifer Granholm Nov. 7.

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Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 27th anniversary.