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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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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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MSU gets anonymous $1 million gift to expand LGBT center’s programs

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Mich-State-University
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- An anonymous gift of $1 million will expand programs at Michigan State University's Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center. The East Lansing school announced Tuesday that the money comes from the estates of a Michigan State alumnus and his partner.

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Man sentenced in death of 2-year-old daughter he tried to turn gay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Donovan Haynes
FLINT, Mich. -- A Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for biting and beating his two-year-old daughter to death in what officials said was an attempt to make her gay. Donovan Haynes, 23, was sentenced Monday to roughly 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder of his daughter, Ti'Airra Woodward, in July 2011.

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Teen charged in attack on gay man at Detroit LGBT pride event

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- A 16-year-old teen has been charged with assault, two weeks after a young gay man was attacked during a gay pride celebration in Detroit. The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, appeared Saturday appeared Saturday in Wayne County Juvenile Court.

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Catholic church bars gay man from mass following commitment ceremony

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
St-Michael-Catholic-Church
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- A gay Michigan man says he will worship elsewhere after he was barred from his Catholic church and told he was not allowed to participate in Sunday's mass with the rest of the congregation.

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Former high-ranking Mich. Republicans support same-sex marriage

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- Former high-ranking Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are urging a federal appeals court to allow same-sex marriage in the state. They filed a brief Monday at the Cincinnati-based court, urging it to affirm a March decision that threw out Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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Gay couple sues Mich. for recognition of marriage performed in N.Y.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Bruce Morgan and Brian Merucci
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.

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Attack on gay man at Detroit’s Motor City Pride event captured on video

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Christin-Howard
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.

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Fenton, Mich., approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Fenton-MI
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."

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