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News from the Michigan Democratic Party
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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In Wake of the Agema Controversy, Michigan Democratic Leaders Hold LGBT Community Forum
FERNDALE – At an LGBT community forum, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today called the GOP rebrand effort a failure after Michigan Republicans tolerated homophobic remarks from a party leader and national Republicans have blocked anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT Americans.
“In Michigan, and all over the country we’ve seen example after example of the GOP’s failure to speak out against intolerant, insensitive remarks like those we heard from Representative Agema a few days ago,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Disrespectful comments like his and the GOP’s decision to block legislation that protects LGBT Americans from discrimination remind us just how out of touch the GOP is with Michigan and the American people.”
DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz was joined by U.S. Representative and Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauerwho have condemned Agema’s remarks. Neither Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land nor Governor Snyder would call for Agema’s resignation.
“My family has been in Michigan for generations- right here in Oakland County, and the Michigan values I was raised with, and my wife Colleen and I raised our own children with, and that we share with families all over Michigan are of fairness and equality for everyone and every family,” Peters said. “Staying silent in the face of discrimination is not a Michigan value. As Michiganders, we know that our diversity makes us strong, and I am proud and honored to fight for all Michigan families.”
“Gov. Snyder has been a big disappointment when it comes to protecting Michigan’s LGBT citizens from discrimination,” said Schauer. “The Governor is hurting our economy by opposing marriage equality and banning domestic partner benefits. As Governor, I’ll work to make Michigan a more inclusive state, so we can attract the best workers and compete for 21st Century jobs.”
The Michigan Democratic Party has continued to hold Terri Lynn Land and Governor Snyder accountable for tolerating discriminatory remarks in the Republican Party. At today’s event, prominent LGBT leaders and activists shared concerns over Michigan Republicans refusal to support and represent their community.