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. town considers LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Monday, July 8, 2013
KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A southwestern Michigan community is considering an ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices. [ Read more → ]
Paul Sancya, AP (File)April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich.

Judge: Trial possible on constitutionality of Mich. gay marriage ban

Monday, July 1, 2013
DETROIT -- A judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan's ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years after voters approved it by a wide margin. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge blocks Mich. ban on domestic partner benefits

Friday, June 28, 2013
DETROIT -- A federal judge on Friday blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work in school districts and local governments. [ Read more → ]
SourceMichigan state capitol in Lansing.

Mich. House Democrats announce bills aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Monday, June 24, 2013
LANSING, Mich. – Democrats in the Michigan state House on Monday announced the upcoming introduction of a legislative package aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan. [ Read more → ]
Jay McDowell

Teacher fined $1 for ejecting anti-gay student from classroom

Thursday, June 20, 2013
HOWELL, Mich. — A judge says the free speech rights of a Michigan teenager were violated when he expressed an opinion against homosexuality and was removed from class during an anti-bullying day. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights activists plan 2016 vote to repeal Mich. ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, June 9, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — With more than half of voters supporting a repeal of Michigan's gay marriage ban, advocates say it's not a matter of if — but when — same-sex marriage is legal in the state. [ Read more → ]
John Flesher, AP (file)Tim LaCroix, left, and Gene Barfield.

Mich. couple married on American Indian reservation invited to White House

Saturday, June 8, 2013
BOYNE CITY, Mich. — Two men who married one another on an American Indian reservation in Michigan, which bans same-sex marriage, have been invited to the White House. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Mich. governor sidesteps question on gay marriage, has no personal opinion

Thursday, May 30, 2013
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is sidestepping the debate over whether gay marriage should be allowed in Michigan. [ Read more → ]

Michigan Democrats introduce bills to advance recognition of gay unions

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — Minority Democrats in the Michigan state Senate on Wednesday proposed four pieces of legislation aimed at repealing the state's ban on same-sex marriage and advancing recognition of legal unions between gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Mich. voters support repealing state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- A new poll finds that a majority of Michigan voters support repealing the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and replacing it with an amendment to allow gay couples the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]

Domestic Partner benefits stand for Michigan state workers

Thursday, May 2, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — A decision to provide health insurance to same-sex domestic partners of Michigan state government employees has been left intact. [ Read more → ]

Petition drive forces Royal Oak, Mich., to put gay rights measure on the ballot

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Residents of the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak will vote in November on a human rights ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and a number of other factors. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop Allen Vigneron

Detroit Catholic leaders say gay marriage supporters should resist Communion

Monday, April 8, 2013
DETROIT -- The Catholic Archbishop of Detroit says that that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating in favor of same-sex marriage is an act of "perjury," while a local professor advised that those who "promote" gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion. [ Read more → ]

Twelve years later, Mich. resident aims to block gay rights law once again

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- - A Royal Oak, Mich., resident says he's submitted petitions to force a referendum on a new gay rights ordinance in the Detroit suburb. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Mich. RNC member: I won’t resign for ‘filthy homosexuals’ Facebook post

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday he will not resign after posting an article critical of gay people on his Facebook page, despite calls from members of his own party that he step down. [ Read more → ]
Tim LaCroix, left, and Gene Barfield recite their nuptial vows in the governmental building of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Harbor Springs, Mich. Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara, center, officiated during the wedding.Photo: John Flesher, AP

Tribal same-sex marriage bill approved, gay couple weds

Friday, March 15, 2013
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. -- With an exchange of rings and a kiss, two men became spouses Friday during a ceremony at a northern Michigan Indian reservation after the tribal chairman signed a measure approving same-sex marriage in a state where it's officially banned. [ Read more → ]

Human rights ordinance on hold in Royal Oak, Mich., as opponents seek voter approval

Friday, March 15, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- A suburban Detroit community's human rights ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and a number of other factors has been placed on hold as opponents seek to put the issue before voters. [ Read more → ]

Chairman of Native American tribe OK’s same-sex marriage, will wed two men

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe says he'll sign a same-sex marriage bill Friday, then preside at the wedding of two men. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)AP

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin will not seek re-election in 2014

Thursday, March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The senior U.S. Senator who, as chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, shepherded the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members, has announced that he will retire at the end of this term in 2014. [ Read more → ]

Judge: No immediate ruling on Michigan’s gay marriage ban

Thursday, March 7, 2013
DETROIT -- A judge said Thursday that a lesbian couple seeking to jointly adopt children made a "compelling" case Michigan's gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution, but he wants to wait for guidance from the Supreme Court before deciding whether to throw it out. [ Read more → ]
April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich.Photo: Paul Sancya, AP

Adoption case could lead to groundbreaking challenge to Mich. gay marriage ban

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
DETROIT -- A lesbian couple's desire to adopt each other's children has grown into a potentially groundbreaking challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Royal Oak, Mich., passes LGBT and HIV-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The city commission in Royal Oak, Mich., a suburban Detroit municipality, on Monday approved an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT and HIV positive residents in the areas of housing and employment. [ Read more → ]

Michigan man sentenced in attack on man he believed was gay

Friday, February 8, 2013
DETROIT -- A man who assaulted another man at a Detroit-area gas station in 2011 because he believed his victim was gay, has been sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison. [ Read more → ]

Report: Anti-LGBT discrimination is destructive to Michigan’s economy

Saturday, February 2, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- Anti-LGBT discrimination is destructive to Michigan's economy, according to a report released Friday by the state's Department of Civil Rights. [ Read more → ]
Susan JohnsonImage via WJBK-TV

Suspension lifted on Michigan school teacher who played ‘gay’ song

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
SOUTH LYON, Mich. -- A Detroit-area middle school teacher who was suspended last week for playing a "gay theme" song in class, has been reinstated and her docked pay restored following public outcry. [ Read more → ]
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