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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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Governor: Mich. won’t recognize 300+ same-sex marriages performed Saturday

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

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Snyder nears verdict on status of Mich. same-sex marriage licenses

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday he wants to quickly decide the legal status of hundreds of same-sex marriages conducted after a judge struck down Michigan's gay marriage ban but before the ruling was halted.

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Appeals court extends freeze on same-sex marriage in Michigan

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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DETROIT -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday put an indefinite halt to same-sex marriage in Michigan while it takes a longer look at a judge's decision overturning a 2004 ban.

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Michigan governor Rick Snyder stays cautious on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of same-sex marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional.

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Federal appeals court asked to let Michigan same-sex marriages resume

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Paul Sancya, APOakland County Clerk Lisa Brown signs a marriage license for Justin Flowers, middle, and Josh Redder after performing their wedding ceremony at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.
DETROIT -- Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a higher court to reject an indefinite stay while the case is appealed by the state attorney general.

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Mich. appeal on same-sex marriage ruling dampens celebrations

| Monday, March 24, 2014
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (APGail Gaisenhaner holds up a wedding ring as she officiates a marriage between Beth Sherman and Karen Hawver of Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw County Clerk's office in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. The couple have been together for 20 years and have four children.
DETROIT -- Couples across Michigan were still in a waiting game Monday to be recognized as legally married on state driver's licenses, voter registration records, Social Security cards and other documents because the ruling has been put on hold while the state appeals.

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Michigan paid $40K for ‘expert’ testimony in same-sex marriage trial

| Monday, March 24, 2014
Mark Regnerus
DETROIT -- The state of Michigan says it has spent $40,000 on witnesses who testified as experts at a recent trial on same-sex marriage.

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Mich. governor to wait for appeals court before recognizing same-sex marriages

| Sunday, March 23, 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 -- Michigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage, the governor's office said Sunday.

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More than 300 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Michigan

| Saturday, March 22, 2014
Paul Sancya, APKim Gillen, holds flowers for friends applying for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Clerks in four Michigan counties have issued more than 300 licenses to same-sex couples. Read more >

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BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan

| Saturday, March 22, 2014
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A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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