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Michigan civil rights panel urges local communities to guard LGBT rights

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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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
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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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Michigan Democrats push bills to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Rep. Jeremy Moss is sponsoring a bill to allow a voter referendum to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying attitudes have changed in the decade since voters wrote the ban into the state constitution. ...

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Mich. House approves bills allowing religious objections by adoption agencies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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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
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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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