For the past several months groups across the country, like the American Civil Liberties Union, have called for police body cameras. Bay City police will soon take action and implement a body camera program.
Saginaw Valley State University is adding gender identity and genetic information protections to its non-discrimination policy.
Michigan may have to pay up to $2 million in legal fees related to the case that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
Protesters outside the Mt. Pleasant tribal courthouse.
Signs were held and chants were shouted outside the court house where more than 150 members of the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe are awaiting a judge’s decision on whether their membership status can be reconsidered by the tribe.
They are still facing the termination of their tribal membership about their blood lineage. Those questions were first dismissed by a judge, with prejudice, in 2009. Continue reading
Democrats hope the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will provide momentum for adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law.
Gay state employees are being given until the end of July to enroll their spouses in the state’s benefits program.
Couples married out-of-state prior to the Supreme Court’s June 26th decision legalizing gay marriage have until July 27 to enroll for benefits. Continue reading
State officials will begin a search soon for laws that are affected by the Supreme Court decision that struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Lauren Brown (L) and Lindsey Wren (R) of East Lansing got married at the Ingham County Courthouse shortly after the SCOTUS ruling on Friday.
A number of county clerks are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after today’s (Fri.) Supreme Court ruling.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette spoke with reporters in Lansing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down marriage bans across the country – including Michigan’s ban, which Schuette fought to uphold in court.
Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette say they’ll respect and enforce today’s (Fri.) same-sex marriage ruling.
County clerks across the state are getting ready for however the US Supreme Court might rule on legalizing same-sex marriage.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to work with same-sex couples or other families based on a religious objection.
The governor says he signed the law to ensure the most opportunities to place children with permanent families. But, the law is almost certain to face a legal challenge. Continue reading
Controversial adoption on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would allow faith-based adoption agencies that take public money to refuse to work with same-sex couples. That’s even if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. Continue reading
Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature.
The state House approved the bills on Thursday with wide bipartisan support. Continue reading
Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.
Gov. Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools. Continue reading
Michigan is now waiting for the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage bans like the one adopted by voters 11 years ago.
Thousands of demonstrators for and against same-sex marriage pressed up to the steps of the Supreme Court and cheered and jeered as the litigants emerged.
Michigan is now waiting for the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage bans.
Crowds gathered as the US Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments on whether same-sex marriage bans like Michigan’s violate the Constitution.
A line of people camped out for several days hoping to get into the historic arguments before the Supreme Court.
A state Senate panel has OK’d bills that would allow faith-based private adoption agencies that take public funds to turn away same-sex couples.
The bills come as the US Supreme Court is about to hear arguments on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Constitution. A decision is expected this summer.
A group of young conservatives is in Michigan to meet with state Republican leaders. Its goal is to get the party to adopt a change in its platform at the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2016. It wants the GOP to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder says he would veto a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act if the Legislature sends it to him. Continue reading
The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office has delivered the state’s defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.
The state’s 59-page brief focuses largely on states’ rights. The attorney general argues the case is not specifically about marriage, but who gets to decide the question.
From the brief’s summation:
“This case is not about the best definition of marriage or any stereotypes about families. Families
come in all types, and parents of all types—married or single, gay or straight—love their children. This case is about whether the Fourteenth Amendment imposes a single marriage view on all states such that the people have no right to decide. It does not.”
The brief says the US Constitution is silent on the issue, so the decision on defining who can get married is left to states or their voters. The brief says Michigan voters made a reasonable choice when they approved the ban in 2004, and only they should be allowed to reverse it.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are the lesbian couple challenging the ban. They say it violates their equal protection rights and the equal protections rights of the children they are raising together, but cannot jointly adopt.
Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee will also defend marriage bans when the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case next month.
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.
There were celebrations in four Michigan counties where a year ago same-sex couples crowded into courthouses to get married. That was right after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.
The state House has adopted legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to continue to turn away LGBT couples — even if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.