Man charged in shooting two gay men he met on app

DETROIT — A man has been charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to rob while armed and felony firearm possession in the shooting of two gay men, one of whom died. The Detroit News reported that Demetris Nelson, 26, was charged on Friday. He faces life if convicted. From The Detroit News:

A magistrate ordered him held without bail and scheduled a probable cause hearing for July 26 and a preliminary examination into the case for Aug. 2. 
Police say Nelson shot and killed Brian Anderson, 31, and shot and critically wounded Malcom Drake, 26, both of Detroit, last Saturday during an attempted robbery.

Detroit Police: Neo-nazis wanted ‘Charlottesville No. 2’ at Pride

DETROIT — After two days of sharp social media criticism, the Detroit Police Department said that neo-nazis who invaded Motor City Pride wanted to have a repeat of Charlottesville, Va. The Detroit News reported that Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the neo-nazis had hoped to spark a riot like the Aug. 12, 2017, incident in Charlottesville, in which a car was deliberately driven into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring 28. From The Detroit News:

Members of the Nazi group were openly carrying firearms — which is legal in Michigan — while they traded barbs with counter-protesters described by Craig as “an Antifa group.” The chief said Detroit officers were successfully able to keep the two groups apart, “and no one got hurt,” he said.

Pride disrupted in three cities this weekend

CHICAGO — Pride celebrations in Detroit, Washington and New Orleans were disrupted this past weekend, some on gun fear but one because of neo-nazis crashing the party. The most serious disruption was with Pride in Washington, D.C., when there was a panic over possible shots fired. The Washington Post reported that police had been called to celebrations in the city’s Dupont Circle neighborhood Saturday evening because of reports of a man with a gun. At around that time, loud noises that people thought were gun shots were heard which send the crowd running. DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser told the media later that there were no shots fired.

ACLU, couple want to join lawsuit against religious objection out of Michigan child welfare system

DETROIT — The ACLU of Michigan and a couple that had sued to be able to adopt from  agencies with state contracts are seeking to join a case where the agencies are countersuing. The ACLU said in a statement that Kristy and Dana Dumont are prospective foster parents who were turned away from two taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies in 2016 and 2017 because those agencies had a religious objection to accepting same-sex couples. The Dumonts sued the state of Michigan for allowing agencies, like the one that turned them away, to use religious criteria to turn away same-sex couples who could provide families for children. In March, Michigan reached a settlement in that lawsuit. The settlement barred adoption agencies from using religious objection against LGBTQ families.

Adoption agency sues Michigan over new rules to work with LGBTQ couples

DETROIT — St. Vincent Catholic Charities and an adoptive mother filed a federal lawsuit Monday against a recent Michigan settlement last month that bans state contracts with foster and adoption agencies that refuse to work with LGBTQ couples. The agency and the mother, Melissa Buck, allege the new rules violated their First Amendment rights. The Detroit News reported that the group is represented by religious liberty group, Becket Law. The lawsuit was filed against both state and federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Michigan judge classifies attack on transgender woman as a hate crime

DETROIT — A judge in Michigan ruled this week that an attack on a transgender woman was a hate crime against her gender. TV station FOX2 reported that technically, transgender people aren’t covered by Michigan’s hate crimes law. However, Judge Willam McConico agreed with the prosecutor and said since the case was about gender, the case is considered ethnic intimidation and can be tried as a hate crime. From FOX2:
A woman targeted for being transgender in an attack that ended with her being shot is now telling her story in court. Kimora Steuball says she was standing in line to buy cigarettes at a gas station on 7 Mile just after 8 p.m. July 23 when Deonton Rogers started harassing her.