Iowa judge rules transgender women deserve surgery coverage

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa cannot deny two transgender women Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery, a state court judge ruled Thursday, declaring a policy denying their care violates the Iowa Constitution and its civil rights law.

Carol Ann Beal of northwest Iowa and EerieAnna Good of the Quad Cities in eastern Iowa filed the lawsuit last year after their Medicaid provider and the Iowa Department of Human Services denied surgery requests recommended by doctors.

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Michigan Civil Rights Commission endorses ordinance covering sexual orientation

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Farmington Hills, MI (AP) – Michigan’s civil rights law doesn’t include protections for gay and transgender people, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has endorsed a model non-discrimination ordinance that does cover sexual orientation.

The commission approved the text of the ordinance at a meeting March 23 at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

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Michigan governor pushes for LGBT rights

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LANSING (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Legislature to keep alive a bill that would amend Michigan’s civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The legislation stalled last year. But in Jan. 20 night’s State of the State speech, the Republican governor called for lawmakers to continue the debate and “show that we can deal with issues of discrimination.”

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Michigan GOP bill to prohibit gay bias under fire

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans on Nov. 12 proposed a long-awaited bill to prohibit discrimination against gays, though chances dimmed for legislative approval of the measure because of concerns that transgender people would not be protected.

Sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster of Petoskey and backed by House Speaker Jase Bolger, the bill would update Michigan’s civil rights law to include sexual orientation but not — as gay rights advocates and Democrats want — gender identity. Under state law, it is illegal to discriminate based on religion, race, sex and other factors in employment, housing, public accommodations, schools and colleges.

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