Michigan

Michigan is the 26th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837. Its most populous city is Detroit, and the state capitol is located in Lansing.

LGBT Rights in Michigan: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions was approved by voters in November 2004. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited in government employment, but there are no other state-wide protections, although more than 30 municipalities have adopted their own LGBT-inclusive ordinances. State hate crimes law does not include enhanced penalties based on the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Michigan has no statutory ban on same-sex couples adopting, however state courts have ruled that unmarried individuals may not jointly petition to adopt.

Current challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban: DeBoer v. Snyder

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Saginaw, Mich., postpones ‘indefinitely’ consideration of human rights ordinance

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SAGINAW, Mich. -- Following nearly four hours of testimony, the Saginaw city council on Monday voted to postpone consideration of a proposed human rights ordinance indefinitely. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge David Lawson

Judge takes up Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DETROIT -- A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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Bay County, Mich., approves policy change to protect LGBT county workers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. — The Bay County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the county's personnel policy on Tuesday, April 15, protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender county workers from employment discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

ACLU files suit to enforce legal rights of newly married Mich. same-sex couples

Monday, April 14, 2014
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's filing a lawsuit to enforce the legal rights of about 300 same-sex couples who were married during a one-day window between separate federal court decisions. [ Read more → ]
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Michigan ban on same-sex domestic partner benefits back in court

Monday, April 14, 2014
DETROIT -- A month after Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, the state is vigorously defending another law that's being challenged by gays and lesbians: a prohibition on domestic partner benefits for employees in public schools and local governments. [ Read more → ]
TownMaps USA

Saginaw, Mich., city council to consider LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 7, 2014
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw, Mich., city council is considering a proposed ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)

Mich. AG wants full appeals court to examine same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, April 4, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Woman attacked after being recognized from gay marriage interview

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A southeastern Michigan woman says three men attacked her after recognizing her a television news interview after she married her same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach

Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

Monday, March 31, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder

Holder extends federal recognition to Michigan’s married same-sex couples

Friday, March 28, 2014
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. [ Read more → ]
Jake May, The Flint Journal (AP)Supporters hold up a banner during a pro-gay marriage rally held by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, outside of the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich.

Lawmakers ask Holder to recognize Michigan’s same-sex newlyweds

Thursday, March 27, 2014
DETROIT -- Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Governor: Mich. won’t recognize 300+ same-sex marriages performed Saturday

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Snyder nears verdict on status of Mich. same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday he wants to quickly decide the legal status of hundreds of same-sex marriages conducted after a judge struck down Michigan's gay marriage ban but before the ruling was halted. [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court extends freeze on same-sex marriage in Michigan

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
DETROIT -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday put an indefinite halt to same-sex marriage in Michigan while it takes a longer look at a judge's decision overturning a 2004 ban. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Michigan governor Rick Snyder stays cautious on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of same-sex marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Paul Sancya, APOakland County Clerk Lisa Brown signs a marriage license for Justin Flowers, middle, and Josh Redder after performing their wedding ceremony at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Federal appeals court asked to let Michigan same-sex marriages resume

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
DETROIT -- Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a higher court to reject an indefinite stay while the case is appealed by the state attorney general. [ Read more → ]
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (APGail Gaisenhaner holds up a wedding ring as she officiates a marriage between Beth Sherman and Karen Hawver of Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw County Clerk's office in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. The couple have been together for 20 years and have four children.

Mich. appeal on same-sex marriage ruling dampens celebrations

Monday, March 24, 2014
DETROIT -- Couples across Michigan were still in a waiting game Monday to be recognized as legally married on state driver's licenses, voter registration records, Social Security cards and other documents because the ruling has been put on hold while the state appeals. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Michigan paid $40K for ‘expert’ testimony in same-sex marriage trial

Monday, March 24, 2014
DETROIT -- The state of Michigan says it has spent $40,000 on witnesses who testified as experts at a recent trial on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

Mich. governor to wait for appeals court before recognizing same-sex marriages

Sunday, March 23, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage, the governor's office said Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Paul Sancya, APKim Gillen, holds flowers for friends applying for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.

More than 300 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Michigan

Saturday, March 22, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Clerks in four Michigan counties have issued more than 300 licenses to same-sex couples. Read more > [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan

Saturday, March 22, 2014
A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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Michigan begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Same-sex couples wasted no time getting to courthouses in four Michigan counties to obtain marriage licenses on Saturday, one day after the state's nearly 10-year ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge. [ Read more → ]
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Some Mich. counties moving quickly to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Friday, March 21, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bernard Friedman

Reagan picked ‘activist judge’ who threw out Mich. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, March 21, 2014
DETROIT -- The judge who made history by throwing out Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been on the federal bench for 26 years. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. plaintiffs celebrate on hearing news that marriage ban struck down

Friday, March 21, 2014
Watch as plaintiffs Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer hear the news that Michigan's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down. [ Read more → ]
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