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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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Southfield, Mich., city council passes LGBT‑inclusive human rights ordinance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Southfield, Mich.
Officials in the Detroit suburb have passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Mich. governor hopes to revive legislation prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to resuscitate legislation that would protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination, while LGBT advocates explore asking voters to pass the bill since it's unlikely to clear the GOP-led Legislature. [...]

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Michigan governor urges debate on protecting gays from discrimination

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Gov. Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Legislature to keep alive a bill that would amend Michigan's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

Friday, January 16, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. [...]

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Federal judge rules Michigan must recognize 300-plus same‑sex marriages

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Michigan
On the day before the nation's high court could decide whether to take up Michigan's same-sex marriage case, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize hundreds of such unions performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year. [...]

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RNC panel censures Michigan member over gay, Muslim remarks

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Dave Agema
The Republican National Committee's executive committee voted to censure Michigan Republican David Agema for what it calls "harmful rhetoric" about gays and Muslims. [...]

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Court: State lawyer’s ‘bullying’ of gay student not protected by 1st Amendment

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Andrew Shirvell (left), with a defaced image of gay college student Chris Armstrong that Shirvell posted on his blog in 2010.
The court said attorney general’s office was justified in firing Andrew Shirvell in 2010 because his posts on Facebook and an anti-gay blog, as well as his campus visits and TV appearances, had an adverse impact on the agency’s credibility. [...]

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No action Friday by U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases

Saturday, January 10, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court did not grant review in any new cases on Friday as gay rights activists eagerly awaited news that it might consider a new round of cases challenging states' ability to ban same-sex marriage. [...]

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Now legal in 36 states, Supreme Court to take another look at same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate. [...]

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Missing transgender man found dead, suicide suspected

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Jay-Ralko-2
Jay Ralko, who went missing Dec. 10 in Warren, Mich., was found inside his vehicle in a supermarket parking lot. Police say they suspect Ralko took his own life. [...]

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