Gender imbalance in Michigan Legislature persists

By ISAAC CONSTANS
Capital News Service
LANSING — There are 148 members of the Legislature. Just 34 are women. One is in a leadership position. “You’re not getting kind of that balance between who your representatives are and who your constituents are,” said Rep. Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills, the House minority floor leader. “That is a problem, and I think that’s what skews the issues that get talked about.”
The House includes 15 Democratic and 15 Republican women, while four women — three Republicans and one Democrat — are in the Senate.

Gender doesn't matter: Haslett High's girls basketball team is embraced by the community

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — The Haslett High School girls basketball team has been on fire for the last two seasons. With this season coming to an end due to a crucial loss to East Lansing High in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings kept their heads up high as they look to improve and become a team to be highly-scouted. With all of their success, the Vikings have made a statement as to how girls basketball is just as important and entertaining as boys basketball. Coach Robert Currier believes his girls received a great amount of attention from the community and doesnt think things would be different if it were the boys basketball team. “Our community shows so much support for our team,” said Currier.

Judge schedules hearing, disappoints same sex couples

By Matthew Pizzo
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

For Stephanie Kirtz and Emily Kimmel, a day that began with hope ended in disappointment. “We couldn’t sleep the night before,” Kirtz said. “It’s disheartening when the state where you live and call home for years doesn’t accept you and your lifestyle.”

They, like Same-sex couples across Michigan, lined up outside of county clerks’ offices Wednesday with the hope of marrying. Instead, federal Judge Bernard Friedman announced Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage would stay for now. Gregory Varnum, director of external relations at Equality Michigan, said that Friedman announced there will be a trial Feb.

Removing barriers for gays could boost state economy

By CELESTE BOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING – Discrimination against gays and lesbians hurts Michigan’s economy, according to a new report by the Department of Civil Rights. Emily Dievendorf, director of policy for Equality Michigan, said that reducing widespread discrimination will improve the economy because more people are likely to live and work in a state that promotes tolerance. “Bright, skilled workers no longer flock to a location just because a business puts down roots,” Dievendorf said. “The best and the brightest are most attracted to communities that are also safe and open to all families. “The solution isn’t to kick out our eager young workers who want Michigan to thrive.