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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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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Michigan couple seeks immediate marriage recognition as spouse’s illness worsens

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan on their wedding day, Dec. 7, 2013, in New York City.
A same-sex couple is asking a federal court to order Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage immediately as one man's fight with brain cancer worsens. ...

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Michigan governor reiterates he would veto religious objections bill that doesn’t protect gays

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Gov. Rick Snyder warned Thursday that he would veto religious objections legislation unless lawmakers also send him a bill extending anti-discrimination protections to gays. ...

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Michigan woman sues Planet Fitness over revoked membership, trans-friendly policy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Planet Fitness' "judgement free zone" policy includes transgender-friendly facilities.
The Michigan woman whose Planet Fitness membership was revoked following repeated complaints about the gym's policy to allow a transgender woman to use the women's locker room has filed a lawsuit against the chain. ...

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Michigan civil rights panel urges local communities to guard LGBT rights

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Michigan's civil rights law doesn't include protections for gay and transgender people, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance that does. ...

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Marriage News Watch: March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015
It's been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn't have its act together, and Texas has filed a lawsuit to prevent married same-sex couples from taking family medical leave. ...

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Same-sex couples married in Michigan celebrate anniversaries

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sheri Folta, left, and her wife, Cassandra Varner, who is director of communications for Affirmations, slice one of two anniversary cakes together, Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Affirmations in Ferndale, Mich.
Families and friends gathered in four Michigan counties to celebrate the anniversary of about 300 same-sex couples who wed last year during a brief legal window after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down. ...

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