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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



As other states attack LGBTQ+ kids, Michigan emerges as a safe haven

Susan J. Demas | Michigan Advance

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After decades of fighting for basic rights and dignity, LGBTQ+ people last week finally became full and equal citizens in Michigan.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a landmark bill expanding the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) that bars discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The Lansing ceremony was marked by hugs and more than a few tears of joy and relief.

“I’m proud to have been a long time ally of the LGBTQ+ community,” Whitmer told me on Saturday. “Getting Michigan on the right side of history is important for so many reasons — for our economy, for our ability to draw and retain talent, and most importantly for individual Michiganders who’ve for too long been the target of ignorance and cruelty.”


Emails from election law watchdog reveal fixation on LGBTQ community

Terrence McDonald | New Jersey Monitor


Family’s separation part of a long history of child-theft in America

Holly McCall | Tennessee Lookout


In Hanover, a name is more than a name

Samantha Willis | Virginia Mercury


Child care — the ‘workforce behind the workforce’ — is in crisis in Kentucky

Vanessa Gallman | Kentucky Lantern


Kansas sex abuse survivors’ efforts bear fruit with a hearing. But we owe children more than that

Clay Wirestone | Kansas Reflector


Democrats aren’t going to repeal Alabama’s abortion ban this year. They should still try

Brian Lyman | Alabama Reflector


DeSantis, GOP Legislature, aren’t really clear on this whole ‘freedom’ concept

Diane Roberts | Florida Phoenix


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