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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Judge takes up Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
U.S. District Judge David Lawson
DETROIT -- A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

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Bay County, Mich., approves policy change to protect LGBT county workers

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. — The Bay County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the county's personnel policy on Tuesday, April 15, protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender county workers from employment discrimination.

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ACLU files suit to enforce legal rights of newly married Mich. same-sex couples

| Monday, April 14, 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 -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's filing a lawsuit to enforce the legal rights of about 300 same-sex couples who were married during a one-day window between separate federal court decisions.

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Michigan ban on same-sex domestic partner benefits back in court

| Monday, April 14, 2014
DETROIT -- A month after Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, the state is vigorously defending another law that's being challenged by gays and lesbians: a prohibition on domestic partner benefits for employees in public schools and local governments.

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Saginaw, Mich., city council to consider LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

| Monday, April 7, 2014
TownMaps USA
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw, Mich., city council is considering a proposed ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Mich. AG wants full appeals court to examine same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, April 4, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
DETROIT -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Woman attacked after being recognized from gay marriage interview

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A southeastern Michigan woman says three men attacked her after recognizing her a television news interview after she married her same-sex partner.

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Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

| Monday, March 31, 2014
Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach
LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Holder extends federal recognition to Michigan’s married same-sex couples

| Friday, March 28, 2014
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

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Lawmakers ask Holder to recognize Michigan’s same-sex newlyweds

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Jake May, The Flint Journal (AP)Supporters hold up a banner during a pro-gay marriage rally held by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, outside of the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich.
DETROIT -- Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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