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Michigan Woman, Sarah Stangl, Snubbed by State Lawmakers Because She’s a Lesbian

Sarah Stangl, snubbed by Michigan lawmakers because she's a lesbian.
photo courtesy of Sarah Stangl

Sarah Stangl was supposed to be honored for her work at Western Michigan University. Instead, she was snubbed by Michigan lawmakers, because of her homosexuality.

Stangl was slated to receive a ‘Women of Achievement’ award from the Kalamazoo YWCA. She was one of several honorees given state proclamations as part of the award. Each was signed by several members of the Michigan state legislature. But some refused to sign Stangl’s proclamation which was being given to her to honor her work as coordinator for the LGBT Student Services.

Governor Rick Snyder did sign her proclamation.

Refusing to sign were House Speaker Jase Bolger, state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, and State Rep. Margaret O’Brien.

“If this is some sort of statement, I think it’s petty,” Zachary Bauer, executive director for the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, told the Kalamazoo Gazette.



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