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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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East Grand Rapids, Mich., council supports adding LGBT protections

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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The city in western Michigan is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment. [...]

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Parents: Michigan pediatrician refused care for our baby because we’re lesbians

Thursday, February 19, 2015
In this Feb. 16, 2015 photo, Krista Contreras, left, and her wife, Jami Contreras, play with their 4-month-old daughter Bay Contreras, in Oak Park, Mich.
Two Detroit-area women say they believe a pediatrician refused to care for their infant daughter because they are lesbians and are disappointed that there is no state or federal law to prohibit such a decision. [...]

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Governor: Michigan will recognize same‑sex marriages performed in 2014

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday. [...]

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Appeals court rules against ex-Michigan state attorney in anti-gay defamation suit

Monday, February 2, 2015
Andrew Shirvell (left), with a defaced image of gay college student Chris Armstrong that Shirvell posted on his blog in 2010.
An appeals court says a fired lawyer for the state of Michigan should not be granted a new trial in a defamation suit filed by a gay former University of Michigan student government president. [...]

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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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