Campaign for Michigan Families is committed to electing candidates who support traditional family values including protection of marriage, prenatal children’s Right to Life, religious freedom, and opposition to the political agenda of homosexual activists and the ACLU.
Below you’ll find information we hope will be helpful as you consider the nominations to be decided during the convention this weekend. We encourage you to question all the candidates about where they stand on these issues.
To the best of our knowledge, both Sen. Mike Bishop and Justice Bill Schuette have records that are solidly in support of traditional family values on all the issues mentioned above.
Secretary of State
(in alphabetical order)
Sen. Cameron Brown
Sen. Brown has a solid record of active support and leadership for traditional family values, including protecting prenatal life, marriage, and religious freedom and opposing homosexual activists’ political agenda — with one significant exception: see the MIRS report below, under Rep. Paul Scott’s entry, in which Brown is quoted as saying that as Secretary of State, he would not oppose allowing men who claim to believe they’re women to have their state-issued driver’s license falsified to identify them as female.
County Clerk Ruth Johnson
As a state House candidate in 2002, Ruth Johnson was endorsed by Triangle Pride PAC, a homosexual extremist group from Detroit which that year endorsed 80 Democrats but only four Republicans in the entire state (including Johnson).
However, after winning election, Rep. Johnson in 2004 voted in favor of a Marriage Protection Amendment to Michigan’s state constitution, which homosexual activists vehemently opposed. Earlier this month, she publicly said she did not seek the 2002 endorsement, had no idea why it occurred, and repudiated it.
She also joined Rep. Paul Scott in expressly opposing the current Secretary of State policy of allowing men to have their driver’s license falsified to identify them as female:
“I do not support allowing people to change their gender on their license as a result of surgery or lifestyle.”
She also expressly opposed homosexual adoption, homosexual activists’ so-called “gay rights” and “hate crime” laws, and any attempt to repeal our Marriage Protection Amendment.
See Wednesday’s Michigan Messenger story from Lansing: “Johnson takes hard right turn on LGBT issues in GOP primary”: http://michiganmessenger.com/41256/johnson-takes-hard-right-turn-on-lgbt-issues-in-gop-primary
Sen. Michelle McManus
Sen. McManus has a solid record of active support and leadership for traditional family values, including protecting prenatal life, marriage, and religious freedom and opposing homosexual activists’ political agenda.
To our knowledge, McManus has not yet publicly commented on the current Secretary of State policy of allowing men who claim to believe they’re women to have their driver’s license falsified to identify them as female.
County Clerk Anne Norlander
In 2006, Anne Norlander was a member of the Michigan Women’s Commission and was recorded as present during their March 8, 2006 meeting. (See attached minutes of that meeting)
During that meeting, MWC endorsed House Bill 5399 to allow homosexual couples to adopt children in Michigan. Read the bill: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2005-2006/billintroduced/House/pdf/2005-HIB-5399.pdf
The minutes report merely that the motion to endorse the bill was approved, but without a roll call showing how Norlander and other MWC members voted. Clerk Norlander claimed in an e-mail to Campaign for Michigan Families that she abstained on the vote, but there is no documentation to confirm that claim. At best, if her claim is true, Norlander failed to speak out or vote against allowing Michigan children to be adopted by homosexual couples.
In the same meeting, MWC approved a motion — this time seconded by Norlander — to endorse Senate Bills 431 and 432, which would have required all insurance providers in Michigan to provide coverage for any drug or device approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.
Since the legislation requires coverage of “any” FDA-approved drug or device, it seems clear that the bills Norlander endorsed would have, if enacted, required providers to insure substances that induce abortions. For example, just two weeks ago…
REUTERS: “FDA OKs new ‘morning-after’ pill” — “Conservatives, Republicans and other critics…say the drug is more akin to an abortion pill than birth control. ‘The FDA opted against including the critical fact that (the drug) can cause an abortion on a baby already implanted in its mother’s womb in the drug labeling information,’ Jeanne Monahan, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, said.” (Aug. 13, 2010) http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67C4T320100814
Also, see the MIRS report below, under Rep. Paul Scott’s entry, in which Norlander is quoted as saying that as Secretary of State, she would not oppose the policy of allowing men who claim to believe they’re women to have their state-issued driver’s license falsified to identify them as female.
Rep. Paul Scott
State Rep. Paul Scott has a solid record of active support and leadership for traditional family values, including protecting prenatal life, marriage, and religious freedom and opposing homosexual activists’ political agenda.
Six months ago, he was the first candidate to firmly and courageously address a fundamental honesty-in-government issue on which the next Secretary of State will certainly come under political pressure from the ACLU and others, and will almost certainly be implemented if a Democrat is elected to the position:
Should the Secretary of State falsify an official government I.D. by allowing a man who claims to believe he’s a woman to have his driver’s license changed to legally and officially identify him as female, thus giving him legal access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and showers?
Paul Scott’s response: “I will make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver’s license in any circumstance.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Michigan Secretary of State candidates make gender an issue?”
FLINT JOURNAL: “Scott didn’t pull transgender statement out of thin air”
MIRS (Michigan Information and Research Service): “Scott not hiding on transgender issue” — “Two of the three other Republican candidates seeking the party’s Secretary of State nomination — Calhoun County Clerk Anne Norlander and Sen. CameronBrown disagreed with Scott on the transgender license question. Brown and Norlander both argue that if a judge orders a person who has gone through reassignment surgery to have their driver license gender changed, the Secretary of State is in no position to challenge that ruling.” (Feb. 2, 2010)
In fact, contrary to the assertions of Sen. Brown and Clerk Norlander, the Secretary of State’s policy regarding identifying characteristics listed on driver’s licenses — including sex — is determined by the Secretary of State, not by a court order.
In 2005, under pressure from the ACLU, the Secretary of State’s office adopted a new policy allowing men who have not had so-called “sex change” surgery to have their driver’s license falsified to identify them as females. (Between the Lines, April 6, 2005: http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=13314§ion=news)
Three weeks later, after the change was reported by a homosexual activist newspaper in Detroit, Secretary of State Terri Land ordered the policy change reversed to the current policy, under which biological males who have had gender-removal surgery can have their driver’s license falsified to identify them as female. (Between the Lines, May 12, 2005:http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=14010)
Michigan State University Board of Trustees
In 2003, incumbent Trustee Don Nugent voted with the rest of the MSU board of trustees (including Scott Romney, who seconded the motion) to add the radical term “gender identity” to the “harassment” clause of Michigan State’s non-discrimination policy.
In 2007, Nugent voted to add the term “gender identity” to the “discrimination” clause of the same policy.
See attached to this e-mail: (1) Minutes from the Dec. 2003 meeting of the MSU board, with the motion to amend the MSU non-discrimination policy recorded at the top of the second page, (2) a copy of the actual “gender identity” amendment, (3) the MSU news release announcing adoption of the 2003 amendment, and (4) minutes from the 2007 meeting of the MSU board with the motion for the second “gender identity” amendment noted under item 9 on the second page.
If you’re not sure what “gender identity” means, it’s the same issue discussed above regarding the Secretary of State’s issuance of driver’s licenses.
In MSU’s case, the university board of trustees — including Nugent — voted to prohibit “discrimination” or “harassment” on the basis of “gender identity,” i.e., a male professor who wears a dress and high heels to class cannot be “discriminated” against or “harassed” for demanding that he be allowed to use the same campus restrooms, showers, and locker rooms as female students and faculty.
Left-wing openly homosexual Democrat Barney Frank explained this outrageous violation of women’s privacy rights best when he initially refused to include the term “gender identity” in his federal “gay rights” legislation because he considered it too radical to win Congressional support — as reported by Bay Windows, a homosexual activist newspaper in Boston:
“The current ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) would protect transgender individuals if they are discriminated against because they are gay or lesbian or perceived as being gay or lesbian, (Frank) said. But there are workplace situations — communal showers, for example — when the demands of the transgender community fly in the face of conventional norms and therefore would not pass in any Congress. ‘I’ve talked with transgender activists and what they want — and what we will be forced to defend — is for people with penises who identify as women to be able to shower with other women,’ said Frank, citing the activists’ handbook which states that a person’s declared gender is the one by which he or she should be recognized. ‘There are no votes for that. And if that is the price for this bill, it is wrong.'”
Read that quote again, and let this disturbing fact sink in…
The Republican members on the MSU Board of Trustees joined in unanimously approving a policy change so radical that even left-wing homosexual activist Democrat Barney Frank initially refused to support it in Congress.
The reality of such policies: last year, a female professor at Western Michigan University — which has adopted the same “gender identity” policy — was shocked to find a man standing naked in the shower next to her in the women’s locker room of an on-campus health club. Whose rights were violated: the woman’s, or the man’s?
Is this the kind of policy Republican state convention delegates expect their candidates to support once elected to office?
At this late date, we have not directly contacted the other two candidates for MSU Board of Trustees, but we’ve been told by a source we trust who did talk to Mitch Lyons that Lyons indicated he would have voted and spoken out against a so-called “gender identity” policy that violates the privacy rights of female students and staff on the MSU campus.