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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Jake May, APGov. Rick Snyder speaks Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at the Flint Assembly Plant. in Flint, Mich.

Mich. governor: Will discuss expanding gay rights, but won’t take the lead

Monday, December 16, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says he's open to the idea of extending civil rights protections to gay people, as long as the GOP-led Michigan Legislature is ready to collaborate. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Dave Agema

Mich. governor condemns GOP leader’s remark that gays are dying of AIDS

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has condemned GOP National Committee member Dave Agema’s statement that gay people are seeking health insurance for same-sex partners because they are dying of AIDS and want free medical care. [ Read more → ]
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Activists say Detroit murder victim was a transgender woman

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
DETROIT -- The Wayne County Medical Examiner has identified the body of a murder victim that activists in the LGBT community say was a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Mich. RNC member says gays want free healthcare because they’re dying of AIDS

Monday, December 9, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Shirvell

Former prosecutor wants job back after being fired for harassing gay student

Monday, November 11, 2013
DETROIT -- A former assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student government president has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state's current attorney general and his predecessor. [ Read more → ]
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Royal Oak, Mich., voters uphold LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Voters in Royal Oak, Mich., have passed Proposal A, upholding a Human Rights Ordinance the Royal Oak Commission passed in March of this year. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. town approves LGBT rights law, may push state to do the same

Sunday, October 27, 2013
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Suburban Lansing officials have voted to extend civil rights protection to gay people, and they're debating whether to ask Michigan to do the same. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Mich. governor too focused on jobs to articulate an opinion on LGBT rights

Thursday, October 24, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan governor Rick Snyder is so focused on jobs that he remains unable to articulate an opinion on whether he supports or opposes expanding civil rights protections based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Melanie Maxwell, The Ann Arbor News/APDana Bauer, right, comforts her partner Tracy Pennington, left, after the couple learned they would not be able to apply for a marriage license at Washtenaw County Clerk's Office on Wednesday.

The wait continues: Mich. gay marriage ruling stuns couples across the state

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
DETROIT — Same-sex couples queued up all afternoon at county courthouses, some even carrying wedding flowers. Then a federal judge deciding whether to throw out Michigan's gay marriage ban shocked everyone, saying simply: Wait 'til next year. [ Read more → ]
David Coates, APGay rights supporters rally in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

Federal judge not ready to rule on Mich. gay marriage ban; sets February trial date

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
DETROIT -- A federal judge stunned the courtroom Wednesday by saying he'll hold a trial before deciding whether to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Dozens rally in Detroit as federal judge hears arguments on gay marriage ban

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
DETROIT -- Several dozen people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Detroit to show their support for overturning Michigan's 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
April DeBoer (left) and Jayne Rowse, and pose at their home in Hazel Park, Mich.

Michigan’s 2004 same-sex marriage ban faces court challenge Wednesday

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
DETROIT -- Two Detroit-area nurses wanted to adopt each other's children, not rewrite Michigan law on gay marriage. But their lawsuit could end up overturning a 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that passed by a landslide. [ Read more → ]
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April DeBoer (second from left) sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne (left) and partner, Jayne Rowse (fourth from left), and her adopted sons Jacob (middle) and Nolan (right) at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. The lesbian couple's desire to adopt each other's children has grown into a potentially ground-breaking challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Groups weigh in on legal challenge to Mich. same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, September 29, 2013
DETROIT -- A major legal challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is attracting interest from conservative Christians, the Roman Catholic Church, law professors and civil libertarians as the state defends a 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage only as between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. House committee advances bills allowing ‘moral’ adoption refusals

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- Legislators serving on the Michigan House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors on Wednesday advanced three bills which would allow taxpayer funded adoption agencies the ability to deny an adoption placement based on that agency's moral or religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. panel to hear more testimony on bills allowing ‘moral’ adoption refusals

Thursday, September 19, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — A legislative committee is waiting to vote on legislation that would allow faith-based agencies in Michigan refuse to participate in adoptions that violate their beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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April DeBoer (second from left) sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne (left) and partner, Jayne Rowse (fourth from left), and her adopted sons Jacob (middle) and Nolan (right) at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. The lesbian couple's desire to adopt each other's children has grown into a potentially ground-breaking challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Bills will allow Mich. agencies to refuse adoptions on ‘moral’ grounds

Sunday, September 15, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — Lawmakers could vote this week on bills letting faith-based agencies refuse to participate in adoptions that violate their beliefs, despite accusations that they would permit discrimination against gays and others. [ Read more → ]
Linden-Michigan

Another Mich. town bans anti-LGBT discrimination

Friday, September 13, 2013
LINDEN, Mich. — Another Michigan community has approved an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. lawmakers postpone vote on bills allowing ‘moral’ disapproval of adoption

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors adjourned Wednesday without voting on two bills currently before the committee which would allow adoption agencies the ability to deny an adoption placement based on that agency's moral or religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Battle-Creek

Battle Creek, Mich., bars anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, employment

Friday, September 6, 2013
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The city of Battle Creek has joined the growing list of municipalities across Michigan to adopt an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against LGBT residents in the areas of housing and employment. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. town approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Another southwestern Michigan community has approved an LGBT-inclusive ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices. [ Read more → ]
Lansing, Mich.

Lansing, Mich., votes to end ‘sister city’ relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- The city council in Lansing, Mich., on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for an end to its "sister cities" relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia, over country's anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
Michigan

Mich. town approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A southwestern Michigan community has approved an ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices. [ Read more → ]
Lansing-MI

Lansing, Mich., may end relationship with Russian city over anti-gay laws

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- Officials in Lansing could end their community's "sister cities" relationship with the Russian city of St. Petersburg due to that country's anti-gay policies. [ Read more → ]
April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich.Photo: Paul Sancya, AP

Federal judge sets date for fall showdown on Mich. gay marriage ban

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
DETROIT -- A federal judge says he'll hear arguments Oct. 1 on the legality of Michigan's ban on gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. town considers LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Monday, July 8, 2013
KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A southwestern Michigan community is considering an ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices. [ Read more → ]
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