Michigan ACLU to represent Williamston LGBTQ group in federal lawsuit

    Michigan Pride, June 15, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan will represent a student-run LGBTQ group in an ongoing lawsuit that seeks to ensure LGBTQ students in Williamston remain free from discrimination. 

    A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on Friday granted a motion by the Williamston High School group Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). 

    The lawsuit stems from early 2018 when a group of religious parents in the Lansing suburb sued Williamston Community Schools after the district adopted policies outlawing discrimination against any student based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The parents contend that the anti-discrimination policy would infringe on religious liberty. 

    In a statement, Jay Kaplan, LGBT Project staff attorney for ACLU Michigan thanked Magistrate Judge Phillip Green for recognizing “the impact that this lawsuit on creating a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students.

    “LGBTQ students belong in school, period,” Kaplan said.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.


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