Laws Regarding Homeschooling in Michigan Under Fierce Scrutiny

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

As an eager nation awaits word from the Supreme Court of the United States in the same-sex marriage case of Obergfell v. Hodges — which could come as early as tomorrow, or as late as June 30 — Michigan is tuned into a different sort of injustice hanging heavy like a cloud over the Great Lakes State. In March of …

To be plain, the answers on same-sex marriage are unclear.

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

As we wait for the inimitable Supreme Court justices to finish their debates and issue their collective — or perhaps not so collective, as the case may end up — opinion in the matter of same-sex marriage as adjudicated in the Sixth Circuit: Our clients, April DeBoer and and Jayne Rowse, have gone back about the business of raising their …

Love Must Win. Love Can’t Wait.

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

Today is the day! Today, this moment — this moment is the moment for which April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse (and the dozens, hundreds, nay thousands of families just like theirs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and around the country) have waited. As we are seated in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court of the United States, arguments have …

Former police chief explains resignation

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

On most occasions the attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law find themselves battling with police officers from jurisdictions from all over the state.  However, today Dana Nessel has the privilege to represent the former Chief of Police for the CIty of Inkster, Vicki Yost.  For the past five months, Vicki Yost served the City of Inkster as their “top cop.” …

New Michigan Statute Regarding Field Sobriety Tests Causes Confusion

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

Whether you’d like it to be or not, nothing having anything to do with the law is black and white. Wording is unclear; different people have differing opinions regarding how, and when enforcement is appropriate; and the whole system is upended: Guilty people slide by, while innocent people are punished. This is exactly what’s happening in Michigan. Recent changes to …

Lesbian Couple Refused Treatment by Doctor

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

Recently, members of the Michigan Legislature decided – in their infinite wisdom – that the Elliot Larson Act (Michigan’s Civil Rights Act) would not be amended to protects against discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.   Krista and Jami Contreras, a couple from southeast Michigan, adopted their daughter in October 2014.  Naturally, they sought out a pediatrician for their infant daughter.  …

What’s going on in the Michigan case for same-sex marriage equality?

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will soon hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in the Sixth Circuit — a jurisdiction that also includes Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee — but the decision is one that will affect same-sex couples, and their families in states across the nation. All eyes are on Michigan. Bans on same-sex …

For April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse, the Fight for Marriage Equality Began on One Snowy Night in 2011

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

Though the constitutional challenge to the same-sex marriage bans in our nation’s Sixth Circuit only began making the news last year, for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse the fight began in 2011. The night was dark, and snowy. The road was rural. DeBoer, Rowse, and their three young children found themselves staring at oncoming headlights… in their lane. All five …

State House Passes Another Anti LGBT Bill

In Media Mentions by Chris Kessel

In a move that surprises no one and saddens many (though clearly not enough), the Michigan State House is considering a new law that puts the LBGT community in the crosshairs.  The proposed anti LGBT bill (allegedly pro-religion) would allow for adoption agencies with “faith based objections” to turn away gay or lesbian people trying to adopt a child.  To be clear, …