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Mich. House approves bills allowing religious objections by adoption agencies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Michigan state capitol in Lansing.
Critics say the legislation is a move by Republicans to get ahead of a Supreme Court ruling, should it strike down state bans on gay marriage, by allowing discrimination against gay couples seeking to adopt children. [...]

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East Grand Rapids adds LGBT protections to non-discrimination law

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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East Grand Rapids has become the state's 36th city to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. [...]

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Michigan pastor under fire after comparing LGBT people to axe murderers

Monday, March 16, 2015
Pastor Clint Echols
Pastor Clint Echols told his congregation at First Baptist Church in Zeeland, Mich., that homosexuality is a sin and people should not follow their "internal compass" that tells them they're gay or transgender. [...]

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Planet Fitness revokes membership over repeated complaints of transgender policy

Monday, March 9, 2015
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The company says its gym is a "no judgement zone" and members may use facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity. [...]

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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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