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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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Saginaw, Mich., kills proposed LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance, again

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Saginaw, Mich.
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw city council has voted for a second time to kill a proposed LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance.

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Michigan pastors declare ‘the fight is on’ when it comes to same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rev. Stacy Swimp speaks at a news conference at the First Baptist International World Changers church in Detroit  on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
DETROIT -- A group of about 200 mostly Michigan-based black pastors gathered in Detroit on Wednesday to declare “the fight is on” when it comes to same-sex marriage.

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Mich. same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates launch public education campaign in Michigan on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
LANSING, Mich. -- Supporters of marriage equality are launching a statewide campaign to raise awareness of marriage equality.

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Mich. AG defends same-sex marriage ban ‘out of respect for democracy’

Thursday, May 8, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

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Bullies target openly gay teen’s home with anti-gay slur

Thursday, May 1, 2014
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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A 16-year-old Michigan teen has become the target of bullies because he is gay, and now his home has been targeted as well.

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Companies pressure Mich. lawmakers to back discrimination ban against gays

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Michigan
LANSING, Mich. -- Some major businesses are pushing lawmakers to update Michigan's anti-discrimination law to ensure no one is fired or denied housing because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Federal appeals court says Mich. gay marriage case will follow usual track

Monday, April 28, 2014
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A federal appeals court won't give special treatment to Michigan's dispute over same-sex marriage. The court says the state's appeal of a decision overturning a ban on same-sex marriage will follow the usual course.

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Saginaw, Mich., postpones ‘indefinitely’ consideration of human rights ordinance

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TownMaps USA
SAGINAW, Mich. -- Following nearly four hours of testimony, the Saginaw city council on Monday voted to postpone consideration of a proposed human rights ordinance indefinitely.

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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-MI
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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