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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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ACLU asks judge to order Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to order Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.

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Mich. governor, business coalition urge adding statewide LGBT protections

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday urged legislators to consider updating Michigan's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity, applauding companies and the state's two largest regional chambers of commerce for joining a business-backed push to amend the law.

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With an eye on the right side of history, judges nix same-sex marriage bans

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah's two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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Saginaw, Mich., kills proposed LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance, again

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw city council has voted for a second time to kill a proposed LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance.

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Michigan pastors declare ‘the fight is on’ when it comes to same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rev. Stacy Swimp speaks at a news conference at the First Baptist International World Changers church in Detroit  on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
DETROIT -- A group of about 200 mostly Michigan-based black pastors gathered in Detroit on Wednesday to declare “the fight is on” when it comes to same-sex marriage.

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Mich. same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates launch public education campaign in Michigan on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
LANSING, Mich. -- Supporters of marriage equality are launching a statewide campaign to raise awareness of marriage equality.

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Mich. AG defends same-sex marriage ban ‘out of respect for democracy’

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

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Bullies target openly gay teen’s home with anti-gay slur

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A 16-year-old Michigan teen has become the target of bullies because he is gay, and now his home has been targeted as well.

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Companies pressure Mich. lawmakers to back discrimination ban against gays

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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LANSING, Mich. -- Some major businesses are pushing lawmakers to update Michigan's anti-discrimination law to ensure no one is fired or denied housing because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Federal appeals court says Mich. gay marriage case will follow usual track

| Monday, April 28, 2014
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A federal appeals court won't give special treatment to Michigan's dispute over same-sex marriage. The court says the state's appeal of a decision overturning a ban on same-sex marriage will follow the usual course.

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