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Michigan Refuses To Pay Legal Fees Of Gay Couple Vindicated By SCOTUS Ruling On #SSM

Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan

Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan filed a lawsuit last year in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, MI in an effort to have the state recognize their 2013 marriage in New York state.

The couple sought legal fees from the state after the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling declaring same-sex marriage legal in all states. But unlike other couples who asked for restitution of legal fees used to fight for their marital recognition Mr. Merucci and Mr. Morgan. Their case had then been on hold pending resolution of other cases before the high court.

Their attorney, Stephanie Myott, argued that the rulings in other cases by the Supreme Court compelled a ruling in her clients’ favor that includes an award of attorney fees and costs.

But the state is saying that the plaintiffs are not the “prevailing party.” And that the case is moot.

“As this court has recognized, Plaintiffs’ claims have been rendered moot by the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges,” Assistant Attorney General Michael Murphy, representing Gov. Rick Snyder, wrote in a recent filing.

“Consequently, there is no need for this Court to provide Plaintiffs with relief to ‘modify’ Governor Snyder’s behavior in a way that directly benefits Plaintiffs. Instead, Plaintiffs’ marriage will be recognized by the State of Michigan without any intervention or relief from this Court. In the absence of any relief, Plaintiffs have failed to meet the ‘prevailing party’ threshold requirement and are not entitled to attorney’s fees “

The plaintiffs contend they would not have had to file the lawsuit if the state had recognized their marriage. They are seeking $34,325.


Troy, MI City Council Members & Citizens Rip Mayor Janice Daniels Apart Over ‘Queers’ Remark


Last night the newly elected Troy, MI Tea Party Mayor Janice Daniels was held to the fire as City Council members rose up and against her over her recently discovered homophobic and bigoted Facebook posting that she made two days after smae sex marriage was passed in New York which read: I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

80 people lined up to speak, and Daniels was urged to quit numerous times at Monday evening’s 5 1/2-hour Troy City Council meeting.  She steadfastly refuses

The Detroit Free Press and The Troy Patch:

Said Councilman Jim Campbell: “You were wrong, and you know you were wrong. You embarrassed the city. We’ve lost business in the city in the last few days because of your statements. We’ve got the whole country laughing at us.”

Added Dane Slater: “I’m gonna be the first to let you know that you are not the victim here. You sent me a memo apologizing but it gave me the sense that you think you’re the victim here, and you are not the victim. The city is the victim.”

Troy resident Cynthia Wilshire said she’s lived in the city for 55 years and that “I’ve never been so ashamed and embarassed and angry as I was Saturday morning when I got up in the morning to turn on the news and to hear … what you said.

“Shame on you. Shame on you. And to all of you council people? You are to represent all of us, with your best behavior. This was not good behavior. Your personal opinions should not be the basis of your decisions. You are behaving like Congress.”

“This is very serious, because if it isn’t the gay people, it’s going to be the Polish, or the Jewish, or the Muslim,” Toby Gosselin said during public comment. “Your hatred and your prejudice is intolerable, and it needs to go.”

The day before Monday, Daniels met with some of the protesters and apologized. “I explained to them that this is a perfect opportunity for all of us to learn how important it is to choose our words carefully. I’m human, I made a mistake, but I feel I did the right thing — I admitted my mistake, I apologized,” she said.

Daniels’ apology was accepted until she said that queer “is just a word,” said Zach Kilgore, 17, also a senior at Troy High School.

“That shows she just does not understand. We had a pretty calm conversation and then it erupted into people screaming at her and calling her ‘bully,’ ” said Kilgore, who said he organized the protest.

Thank you to the students and residents of Troy, MI for coming out of the closet themseleves and standing up and fighting for your gay coworkers, neighbors, friends and family members.

Now kick that homophobic teabagging bigot to the curb!

Troy MI Tea Party Mayor Janice Daniels: “Going to throw away my I Love New York bag now that queers can get married”

I took less than a month for it to be discovered what newly elected Troy, MI Tea Party Mayor Janice Daniels to show everyone what the Tea Party is REALLY made of.

Other than the fact that she’s politically inepdt and  refuses to take an oath to uphold Troy City Charter because she didn’t think it was appropriate to take an oath to the city charter, which she called “a whimsical document” that changes with the opinions of the City Council.” it also comes to light now via facebook that she’s an insensitive homophobic bigot by posting in the past after same sex marriage was passed in New York: I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

Denise Brogan-Kator, executive director of Equality Michigan: 

“I am truly shocked at such disregard for the effects that such language has had on our community. Either she doesn’t know – which is remarkable, given the news about the rise in violent crimes committed against the gay and transgender community – or she intended it. Either way, I find it shameful.

Anyone that aspires to hold public office, has a responsibility to keep their communications and opinions of classes and people respectful – and I think this crossed the line – and at a bare  minimum think she needs to apologize to the gay and transgender population in the city of Troy and in Michigan.”

Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey posted a comment on his own Facebook page: “No mayor, of any city, particularly one as large and diverse as Troy, should ever use vulgar slurs to insult an entire community. She needs to apologize to the entire region for this nasty posting.”

Janice Daniel’s response?

“The groups that despise me are digging deep to try to find something to worry about. They probably should start worrying about how they can best work with a new Mayor who believes that we live in a free country and we all have first amendment rights to speak our minds on any and all issues that are before us.”

You can exercise your First Amendment Rights by contacting the Tea Party Homophobic Bigot Janice Daniels at 248.524.3500  or janice.daniels@troymi.gov  and speak your mind.

Tell her Back2Stonewall.com sent you.