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Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005
Subject: Rally for DP Benefits in Lansing


I thought that this information had been so widely distributed that I was hesitant to add another email to your day...but just in case someone might not have heard - or maybe even as a reminder - I thought I'd send it out.

Thank you,


Event Announcement

This message is being sent in partnership with The Triangle Foundation and Michigan Equality.

Rally to Support
Domestic Partner Benefits

Tuesday, August 16
Promptly at 2:00 pm
In front of the County Courthouse
313 W. Kalamazoo
Downtown Lansing


Jeffrey Montgomery
Executive Director, Triangle Foundation

Chris Swope,
Executive Director, Michigan Equality

Dave Hecker,
President, Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Related Personnel

2:00 - 2:30 - Speakers. The press will probably be there.

2:30 - Anyone who wants to attend the hearing can go into the courtroom.
Others can stay and show their support outside, if there isn't room for everyone in the courthouse.

3:00 - Hearing begins

4:00 - 4:30 - Hearing ends, probably. The press will probably be there, so it would be good if we still had a crowd, and were available for comments to the press.

For more information, call (734) 483-2524 or email rainbowrally2@yahoo.com

Join us on Tuesday in Lansing!

What's At Stake -

The passage of Proposal 2 enshrined discrimination against LGBT citizens in Michigan's state constitution by prohibiting marriage equality.

The architects of Proposal 2 now argue that the Proposal also forbids employers from offering Domestic Partner Benefits to unmarried couples, a group that includes all LGBT couples.

In a landmark case filed by the ACLU of Michigan, National Pride at Work is asking the court to declare that Proposal 2 does NOT prohibit Domestic Partner Benefits.

On Tuesday, August 16, Judge Joyce Draganchuk will hear arguments in the case at the County Courthouse in Lansing.

Join us promptly at 2:00 pm on Tuesday to demonstrate your solidarity with the plaintiffs whose families are threatened by the loss of benefits.
Plaintiffs whose family security is at stake will address the rally, as well as employers who are fighting for the right to continue offering benefits.

You're welcome to enter the courtroom to listen to the arguments, which begin at 3:00, or remain outside the courthouse in a demonstration of solidarity.

Let's show the press, the public, and our legislators that we will strongly resist any further attempts to marginalize us.

Triangle Foundation, Michigan Equality and Eastern Michigan University's LGBT Resource Center join with a number of other organizations in sponsoring the rally.

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