Suburb approves ordinance to ban conversion therapy
HUNTINGTON WOODS (AP) — The Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods says it has become the first city in Michigan to ban gay conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
It says the Huntington Woods City Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to ban the practice. Violators will be guilty of a municipal civil infraction.
Commissioner Joe Rozell introduced the ordinance. He said conversion therapy “is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything that this city stands for.”
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have banned it.
Democratic state Rep. Yousef Rabhi of Ann Arbor and Democratic Sen. Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak have introduced legislation that would ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. However, Republican majorities in both chambers have steadfastly opposed such a ban.
Eastpointe agrees to settle black voting rights case
EASTPOINTE (AP) — A Detroit-area city council has approved a settlement in a federal lawsuit over the rights of black voters in which voters now will rank candidates on the ballot in order.
The city of Eastpointe said its city council unanimously approved a consent decree Tuesday evening in which it will become the first Michigan city to implement so-called “ranked choice” voting with a goal on implementing it with this November’s city election.
The mayor will continue to be elected citywide, rather than by ranked choice.
The U.S. Justice Department sued Eastpointe in 2017 , saying it should elect council members by district rather than citywide. Blacks made up 30 percent of the population in the last census but only one council member is black.
California county upholds sanctuary policy amid criticism
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Supervisors in a Northern California county have refused to change a sanctuary policy that critics say allowed officials to release a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to uphold their policy of not holding immigration suspects for ICE without a warrant or a judicial order unless the person is currently charged with a crime.
Local officials have pushed the county to inform ICE of the upcoming release of violent felons.
The county's sanctuary policy came under criticism after the slaying San Jose resident Bambi Larson.
Police arrested Carlos Arevalo-Carranza, an immigrant from El Salvador in the country illegally, in the killing.
Police: Don’t call us about Taco Bell
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A police department in Louisiana is reminding people that it's there to serve, just not handle customer service complaints about Taco Bell.
The Slidell Police Department posted on Facebook Monday that someone called to complain that a local Taco Bell had run out of “both hard and soft taco shells.”
The department says while it was a “travesty,” it can’t do anything about it.
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