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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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Two men in the Grand Rapids area are suing to try to force Michigan to recognize their same-sex marriage performed in New York state. Bruce Morgan and Brian Merucci were recently turned down by the Kent County clerk's office when they presented their New York certificate and applied to change the deed on their home.
DETROIT -- The beating of a gay man was caught on tape at Detroit’s Motor City Pride over the weekend. Christin Howard, 20, told WXYZ-TV that he was taking a picture with a friend at the pride festival when five to eight men started to harass him and hurled anti-gay slurs.
FENTON, Mich. -- The Fenton City Council has approved an ordinance that bans discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinance allows the city manager to investigate and attempt to come to an agreement "terminating discrimination or reverse the effects of past discrimination."
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to order Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
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.
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.
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw city council has voted for a second time to kill a proposed LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance.
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.
LANSING, Mich. -- Supporters of marriage equality are launching a statewide campaign to raise awareness of marriage equality.
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.