Marriage Equality Sponsor Named Motor City Pride Parade Grand Marshall

motor_city_pride_logo13DETROIT – Just a week after proposing marriage equality legislation, Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Washtenaw) has been named Grand Marshall of the Motor City Pride Parade. This year’s parade marks the 26th anniversary of the first LGBT Pride March held in Detroit.

The annual parade celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities will be held this Sunday, June 9, beginning at 11:00 am. Participants will march down Griswold, starting north of Lafayette to the Pride Festival being held at Hart Plaza.

Senator Warren last week introduced Senate Joint Resolution W, which if passed by a 2/3 majority of the Michigan Senate, would put it on the ballot allowing Michigan voters to repeal a constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of LGBT relationships. The constitutional amendment was passed in 2004, and its repeal is today supported by a majority of Michigan voters.

“Equality Michigan is proud that Motor City Pride will be honoring Senator Warren’s latest effort to support LGBT equality. Her track record is a wonderful example of a leader who prioritizes the type of economic and social gains that will get Michigan back on track,” said Emily Dievendorf, managing director of Equality Michigan.

Dave Wait, chair of Motor City Pride, commented “Motor City Pride has selected a Grand Marshall this year who exemplifies the courage and commitment to equality our elected officials need to make Michigan a place we can all be proud to call home. Senator Warren’s support of marriage equality is something Equality Michigan and Motor City Pride are thrilled to be showcasing in this Sunday’s parade as a milestone in our march toward equality.”

Equality Michigan