equality michigan ex dir Support For Gay Marriage Is Growing, Activist Says
(Alicia Skillman speaks with staffer – WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

With same-sex marriage put on hold in California, the head of one local organization challenges those who support bans on gay marriage to take one important step.

Get to know someone who’s gay, said Alicia Skillman, Executive Director of Equality Michigan, (formerly the Triangle Foundation) an advocacy organization focused on education and activism, to promote equality and eliminate discrimination that is based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Skillman said you’ll find, like anyone else, they’re trying to create family and create community.

“People want to get married, have children, raise a family, buy a home, be productive citizens in their community… that’s exactly what it’s all about,” Skillman said.

Skillman called gay marriage the civil rights question of our age, and said support for those challenging the bans on gay marriage is growing.

When the fight reaches the Supreme Court, that’s when it’ll affect us, she said. 

“Strategically we’re watching what they do… there are a lot of folks wondering, ‘should we file a case here in Michigan?’ We don’t know that,” Skillman said.

“Courts here have traditionally been unfriendly and that may not be so if we go to federal court,” she said.

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