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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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A summary of same-sex marriage cases before the Sixth Circuit appeals court

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. A look at the cases: [...]

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Sixth Circuit hearing same-sex marriage arguments from four states

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Duane Lewis, left and his partner Rex Van Alstine, both of Finneytown, Ohio, join hundreds of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court began to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – in the biggest such session on the issue so far, and hundreds of supporters rallied near the courthouse. Three judges of the 6th [...]

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the [...]

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Six marriage appeals before 6th Circuit ring familiar bell in Cincinnati

Monday, August 4, 2014
Alphonse Gerhardstein
CINCINNATI -- For Chris Seelbach, the legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage being argued this week in federal appeals court in Cincinnati mark another milestone - not just for gay rights, but for the city he calls home. He campaigned a decade ago to repeal a 1990s charter [...]

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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 [...]

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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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 [...]

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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
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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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