Right-wing group says Dems support LGBTQ rights too much, officials have field day on Twitter

    San Francisco Pride | Susan J. Demas

    After a small group organizing a so-called “religious liberty” rally at the Michigan Capitol next month criticized some state officials as being too cozy with the LGBTQ community, Democratic officials and activists are embracing their description. 

    A group known as Michigan Free Speech says in the description of a Facebook event for the Oct. 2 rally that “the LGBTQ community is small but effective in intimidation tactics.” 

    “Our current elected leaders are either admitted homosexuals or virulently in support of gay civil rights,” the group continues. 

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    So far, more than 150 people have marked that they are “interested” in the event, while more than 30 have marked themselves as “going.” 

    Recent polling showed roughly three out of four likely Michigan voters support expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for the LGBTQ community.

    Attorney General Dana Nessel at Michigan Pride | Susan J. Demas

    Attorney General Dana Nessel, the first openly gay person elected to a top statewide office in Michigan, responded on Twitter.

    “Ugh! They got me,” Nessel wrote. “However were they able to uncover my deep, dark secret? Was it my shoes? Or was it when I made out with my wife on TV?”

    Nessel ended the tweet using the hashtag “#AdmittedHomosexual.”

    Kimberly Buddin, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, wrote on Twitter that she wanted “virulently in support of gay civil rights” printed on a shirt  – an idea that more than 70 others liked. 

    That also was something that state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) co-signed

    State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) also  responded: “Count me as one of those current elected leaders who are ‘virulently in support of gay civil rights.’”

    Other legislators – including state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfiled), the second openly gay person elected to the Michigan Legislature – also weighed in on Twitter. 

    Here’s a roundup of some other reactions:

    Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia):

    Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills):

    Jody LaMacchia, Michigan House candidate:

    Kelly Breen, Michigan House candidate:

    Julia Pulver, former Michigan Senate candidate:


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