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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APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)

Mich. AG calls for immediate freeze on ruling striking down gay marriage ban

Friday, March 21, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals. [ Read more → ]
Michigan

Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 21, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago - the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country. [ Read more → ]
Judith Levy

First openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan takes oath

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
DETROIT -- The first openly lesbian federal judge in the U.S. 6th Circuit was sworn in Tuesday by Chief Judge Gerald Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. [ Read more → ]
Judith Levy

U.S. Senate confirms first out lesbian to federal bench in Michigan

Saturday, March 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate this week voted to confirm Judith Levy as a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Levy, 55, becomes the first openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan. [ Read more → ]
Bay-City-MI

Bay County, Mich., votes down anti-discrimination measure

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. -- Leaders in Bay County, Mich., have rejected a measure to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.

Judge to rule within 2 weeks on Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 7, 2014
DETROIT -- A federal judge said he expects to make a decision within two weeks of Friday's closing arguments in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Simon Fraser UniversityDouglas Allen

Mich. gay marriage trial ends with state witness testifying gays are going to hell

Thursday, March 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Testimony concluded Thursday in a federal court challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, with a witness for the state testifying that unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell. [ Read more → ]
David Coates, APProtestors demonstrate outside Federal Courthouse before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Detroit.

Professor testifies in Mich. marriage trial that children fare better with straight parents

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
DETROIT -- An economist testified Tuesday that children raised by heterosexual parents had a much greater chance of making normal progress through school than those living with same-sex couples, putting his own spin on census data that was crunched differently by another expert at Michigan's gay-marriage trial. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Author of discredited gay parenting study stung by criticism during Mich. trial

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
DETROIT -- Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan's gay marriage ban tried to peck away Tuesday at the credibility of a social scientist whose disputed 2012 study questioned the well-being of children who grew up in a home where a parent had a same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Author of flawed gay parenting study testifies in Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Monday, March 3, 2014
DETROIT — The author of a controversial study of adult children often cited by opponents of same-sex marriage defended his work in court Monday but also said it's too early for social scientists to make far-reaching conclusions about families headed by same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
David Coates, Dtroit News (APSupporters and opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrate outside the federal courthouse in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Mich. defense of gay marriage ban off to rocky start as judge bars first witness

Monday, March 3, 2014
DETROIT -- A judge barred an Ivy League law student Monday from testifying at Michigan's same-sex marriage trial, saying he might become an expert witness someday but his opinions wouldn't help sway this case. [ Read more → ]
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer  are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Harvard professor testifies in Day 4 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Saturday, March 1, 2014
DETROIT -- A Harvard University professor testified on Friday for two women challenging Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Paul Sancya, AP (File)April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, left, 3, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman is scheduled to open a trial on the women’s challenge to Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and joint adoptions by same-sex couples.

Expert testimony continues in Day 3 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Thursday, February 27, 2014
DETROIT — A California scholar says that same-sex couples give the same reason as their opposite-sex counterparts to why they want to marry. Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA law school testified Thursday in a trial in Detroit federal court over the future of Michigan's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Mears, APFrom left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel enter Federal Court in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Professor defends homes led by gay parents in Day 2 of Mich. marriage trial

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
DETROIT -- A sociologist testifying Wednesday at Michigan's gay marriage trial said children raised by same-sex parents suffer no handicap when compared to other kids. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Mears, Detroit News (AP)From left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel enter Federal Court in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

Trial begins in challenge to Michigan same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
DETROIT — An attorney for two women opposing Michigan's ban on gay marriage urged a judge Tuesday to halt the treatment of same-sex couples as "second-class citizens," the latest in a series of marriage-equality challenges across the country. [ Read more → ]
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer  are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban goes on trial in federal court Tuesday

Monday, February 24, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan's nearly decade-old ban on gay marriage is going to trial Tuesday, with two weeks set aside for testimony from experts about whether there's a legitimate state interest in restricting marriage to a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Marriage ban on trial in Mich. this week, defendants to argue gay parents inferior

Sunday, February 23, 2014
DETROIT -- The trial that could overturn Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban begins Tuesday in a federal court in Detroit. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Mich. governor asks judge to uphold ban on partner benefits for gay couples

Monday, February 17, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder wants a federal judge to continue Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples who work for state and local governments. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Plaintiffs in gay marriage suit seek to exclude ‘expert’ witness Mark Regnerus

Thursday, February 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Plaintiffs in a federal court challenge of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage have filed a brief seeking to ban the author of a discredited study on gay parenting from testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the state. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks rejects calls to resign

Saturday, January 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee rejected calls to resign Friday after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

RNC chair calls on Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks to resign

Friday, January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee has called for the resignation of a Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Republican leaders put the heat on GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim attacks

Monday, January 20, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing committeeman Dave Agema for repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks. [ Read more → ]
Al Powers, Powers Imagery / Invision (AP)Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept.  2013.

Pop-rock trio fun. plans to raise funds for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit

Friday, January 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band says it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need. [ Read more → ]
Jonathan Oosting, APJesse (left) and Derek Melot.

Mich. driver’s license officials refuse name changes for married, gay couples

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — Don't count on driver's license officials in Michigan accepting name changes for gay people who are married. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

GOP committee member blames ‘LGBT Gestapo’ for Duck Dynasty controversy

Saturday, December 21, 2013
A former Michigan lawmaker and current member of the Republican National Committee, who last week said that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS, is weighing in on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy, blaming the “LGBT Gestapo speech police” for the suspension of the family’s patriarch from the popular A&E reality show. [ Read more → ]
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