WHO WE ARE:
Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) is a state-wide network of Unitarian Universalists and our allies who work together for progressive change.
Celebrating Marriage Equality In Michigan!
After 5 p.m. on Friday March 21st, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared that Michigan's same sex marriage ban was unconstitutional! He did not issue a stay (a delay) of his ruling so that three Michigan counties, Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb, began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples on Saturday, March 22nd. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately filed an "emergency" federal court request for a suspension of the ruling. However, until such a stay is approved, same sex couples are getting legally married.
Click HERE to watch a video of a marriage being performed by Rev. Bill Freeman at the Harbor UU Congregation in Muskegon.
UPDATE: At the request of Attorney General Schuette, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 6th Circuit issued a temporary stay on Judge Friedman's ruling until Wednesday, March 26th, ending the same sex weddings after 1 p.m. Saturday. On March 22nd, 323 marriage licenses were issued by the counties of Washtenaw, Oakland, Ingham and Muskegon. Special thanks to clergy who performed marriage ceremonies!
Here are some ways you can celebrate this historic ruling:
1. Post on your congregation's or your personal Facebook page, the Standing on the Side of Love Michigan graphic (see below) with the words: Celebrating Marriage Equality! For those with Twitter accounts, use the twitter handle #StandforLoveMI Right click to copy this graphic created for just for this moment by the Unitarian Universalist Association's Standing on the Side of Love campaign.
2. Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper that says that you (or people in your faith group) are celebrating that the ban on marriage equality has finally been struck down. For more language for a letter to the editor, click HERE to read a UU clergy statement that supports marriage equality.
3. Light a candle of celebration in your place of worship this weekend.
4. Organize a group in your place of worship to discuss the ruling.
5. Host a party -- celebrate the ruling at your home, a community center or your place of worship.
It's Time to Give Michigan a Raise!
So far, UUs in 13 communities have gotten involved with MUUSJN to work on a "Raise Michigan" campaign to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10/hour by 2017 by a citizen ballot initiative. The campaign must collect 258,000 valid signatures on petitions by May 23, 2014. Other benefits of this petition drive will be to raise the minimum wage of tipped workers (e.g., the people who serve us in restaurants) to $10.10/hour and to automatically raise minimum wages to keep up with inflation.
The Network is challenging UU congregation activists and other faith and community groups to form volunteer minimum wage teams. MUUSJN will support you in these volunteer efforts! In northern and western Michigan, call Frank Rossman at 248-854-2126 for petitions and assistance. In southwest and central Michigan call Randy Block at 248-549-5170. Click HERE for a flyer describing this issue and the campaign.
Please consider making a generous contribution to MUUSJN's work through PayPal (see left side of this page) or by writing a check to: MidAmerica Region - UUA (put MUUSJN in memo line) and mailing the check to: MUUSJN, 4220 Arlington Dr., Royal Oak, Michigan 48073.
MUUSJN Interfaith LGBTQ Toolkit
Most comprehensive LGBTQ guide in Michigan!
LOTS of links to welcoming,
services, and advocacy for faith groups.
Click HERE to use the Toolkit Click HERE for Toolkit Appendix Click HERE for Between the Lines article about the Toolkit.
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: Equality Michigan; Michigan Roundtable for Diversity
and Inclusion; KICK; and Inclusive Justice
Click HERE for Michigan's 2013 Members of Congress Click HERE for list of State Senators Click HERE for State Representatives list.
Build Community- Build a community of justice advocates who work together to make and implement Network decisions.
Build Power - Expand our Network's power, by expanding its membership, resources, training, technology and organizational partnerships, to influence elected officials.
Make Change - Help make progressive policy changes in Michigan while also responding to justice issues outside our State.