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Michigan Prisoner’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Advances

Ricky Davis, a gay prisoner at the Florence Crane Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan, has received a favorable decision allowing his suit of anti-gay discrimination to proceed. The ACLU is defending Davis, who claims he was improperly removed from his employment in the prison public works program because of his sexual orientation. He also claims that his crew supervisors “made a spectacle” of him after he had a diabetic episode while on duty, avoiding interacting with him because he is gay. At this point, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has merely saved Davis’ suit from being dismissed, but the decision guarantees that his case — and others like it — will get a fair hearing.

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