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Religious Liberty Must be a Priority, Says MCC President and CEO

In order to promote religious liberty and conscience rights, and to help encourage diversity in the public square, legislation introduced today by Speaker Jase Bolger to create a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act, House Bill 5958, is needed now more than ever, said the President and CEO of the Michigan Catholic Conference. "In the name of tolerance, religious organizations and individuals are not being tolerated,” said Paul A. Long, Michigan Catholic Conference President and CEO. Read more…

Statement Applauding Court Ruling to Uphold Traditional Marriage

On Thursday, November 6 a three judge panel in Cincinnati ruled 2-1 to uphold the 2004 voter-approved Michigan Marriage Amendment as constitutional. The majority opinion from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court decision in Michigan, and also finds constitutional traditional marriage amendments in the states of Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Michigan case was defended by the office of state Attorney General Bill Schuette, which Michigan Catholic Conference supported through an amicus (friend of the court) brief that was filed back in May. Following the Circuit Court’s ruling, Michigan Catholic Conference released a statement saying “Today’s ruling is a joyous occasion for many communities and families across the state that have sought to protect the traditional definition of marriage.” Read more…

Catholic Conference Praises Signing of Human Trafficking Bill Package

Michigan Catholic Conference today offered its appreciation for the state’s effort to curb the practice of human trafficking as Governor Rick Snyder signed into law this morning nearly two dozen bills that seek to restrain this modern day form of slavery. The signing of the bills is a culmination of nearly two years of conversation and work that sought to uphold and defend human dignity by creating new protections and services for survivors of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is an affront to the dignity of the human person, and vulnerable women, men and children deserve greater protection from its harm,” said Rebecca Mastee, Michigan Catholic Conference Policy Advocate. An event that witnessed Governor Snyder sign the bills into law took place today in Troy, Michigan at Walsh College with Michigan Catholic Conference staff in attendance. Read more…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan Catholic Conference

With the celebration of Thanksgiving, Americans across the country give thanks for the blessings in their lives. They also remember the sacrifices of the original settlers who came to America, many of whom fled England as a result of religious persecution. The religious freedom these early settlers found here is a rich part of the country's history, a cherished right for people of all faiths and beliefs that is too often threatened in today’s society. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops document, Our First Most Cherished Liberty, serves as a reminder for all Catholics of their right to exercise their faith in the public realm and the need to protect that right from governmental interference. Read more…

The Word from Lansing Column: The “Lame Duck” Legislative Session

With the November elections completed and the newly elected officials not beginning their terms until January, the Michigan Legislature has entered its “Lame Duck” legislative session. November’s The Word from Lansing column outlines the impact of the elections and the characteristics of the next two months, as lawmakers seek to accomplish remaining priorities before the end of the 2013–2014 session. Since Michigan is a full-time Legislature, any bills that have been introduced these past two years could be considered during this time. Michigan Catholic Conference staff will be looking out for measures, such as the recently introduced Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that impact significant priorities of the Church, such as religious liberty, economic justice, human life, education, families, and restorative justice. Read more…

November General Election Results

The commercials are over, the campaigning is done and the yard signs are soon to come down. Election Day has come and gone. What an exhilarating opportunity Michiganders and all persons across the country are given every two years to participate in the Democratic process! In the Catholic tradition, “Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” In the weeks leading up to the election, Michigan Catholic Conference urged Catholics to form their conscience based on the principles of Catholic social teaching, and to evaluate candidates through the lens of faith. This update summarizes the results of the November 4 General Election and what the political composition will look like in Michigan next year. Read more…

Lansing Update

Lansing Update, November 14, 2014

MCC Calls for Religious Liberty Legislation to Be Priority in Lame Duck; House Approves Nuisance Legislation Related to Human Trafficking; House Committee Passes Bill to Enact Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board; The Word from Lansing in November Addresses Lame Duck Session. Read more…

Lansing Update, November 7, 2014

6th Circuit Upholds Michigan Marriage Amendment, Reverses District Court Decision; MCC Thanks Catholics for Election Participation; Federal Legislative Race Results; State Level Executive Race Results; Michigan Legislature Chosen, Leadership Roles Decided; “Lame Duck” Session. Read more…