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Same-sex marriage ruling leads to immediate vows in Michigan

Friday, June 26, 2015
Jayne Rowse, left, and her partner April DeBoer celebrate in Ann Arbor, Mich., following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down bans on same sex marriage nationwide Friday, June 26, 2015. A judge who overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage says he's willing to officiate at the marriage of the two Detroit-area nurses at the center of the groundbreaking case.
Many Michigan gay couples quickly married Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in a case involving two Detroit-area nurses who said they were elated "that this day has finally come." ...

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Michigan governor signs bill allowing adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples. ...

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Michigan lawmakers OK bill allowing adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Michigan
Faith-based agencies with state contracts can refuse to participate in adoption referrals that violate their beliefs under legislation approved Wednesday by Michigan's Republican Legislature, despite objections it would permit discrimination against gay couples. ...

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ACLU sues Michigan over driver’s licenses for transgender individuals

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Michigan
Six transgender Michigan residents sued the state Thursday over its strict policy on changing gender identities on driver's licenses. ...

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Mom: Pastor outed on Grindr told her gay son he was going to hell

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Jennifer and Tyler Kish
A parent has come forward with new accusations against the anti-gay pastor who was outed on Grindr, and says the pastor told her suicidal gay son he might as well commit suicide. ...

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Anti-LGBT pastor resigns after Grindr photos, hook-up conversations exposed

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Matthew-Makela
Rev. Matthew Makela resigned as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church just one day before Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other men. ...

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Michigan Democrats push for LGBT rights protections in state’s civil rights act

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Michigan
Democrat lawmakers are asking the Legislature to add protections for LGBT people to Michigan's civil rights act. The effort comes a day after a Senate committee held a hearing on a bill that backers say protects people's religious freedom. ...

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Judge won’t order Michigan to recognize dying man’s same-sex marriage

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan on their wedding day, Dec. 7, 2013, in New York City.
A federal judge has refused to grant a dying man and his partner state recognition of their marriage ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. ...

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Michigan same-sex marriage challenge began as an adoption case

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Rowse and DeBoer
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse initially went to court to jointly adopt each other's children, not to confront Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. Three years later, the Detroit-area nurses sometimes can't buy groceries without supporters recognizing them and giving a hug. ...

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Christian auto shop owner in Michigan vows to deny service to gay customers

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Brian Klawiter
The owner of a Michigan auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" because the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not. ...

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