Tag Archives: Same Sex Marriage

Lesbian couple alleges Kroger, union discriminated against them

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A lesbian couple is filing a federal employment discrimination complaint against a union and one of the state’s largest grocery store chains. Stephanie Citron works in the deli at a Kroger in Birmingham. She and her same-sex partner were married last year while it was briefly legal in Michigan. But her spouse was denied when they tried to add her to Citron’s benefits package.

Citron married her same-sex partner during the brief window last year when it was legal in Michigan. She says that’s when she learned that her health benefits fund only covers the spouses of opposite sex married couples. Continue reading

Young conservatives push for change in GOP platform on marriage

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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

Religious freedom bill introduced again in new Legislature

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A group of Republican state lawmakers will try again to protect religious practices against state and local government interference.

The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) failed to pass before the legislative session ended last year. Continue reading

DeBoer case appealed to SCOTUS

Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong with Frizzy. They were the first same-sex couple married in Michigan on March 22, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was restored by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong with Frizzy. They were the first same-sex couple married in Michigan on March 22, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was restored by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal today (Mon.) with the US Supreme Court. They want the court to rule that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and others like it across the country are unconstitutional.

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6th Circuit hears MI same-sex marriage appeal

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Michigan and three other states defended bans on same-sex marriage before a federal appeals court in Cincinnati.
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6th Circuit combines hearing on marriage cases

Challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states will be argued in a single afternoon later this summer before the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The Michigan arguments are being combined with cases out of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
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Michigan for Marriage campaign aims to educate public

Backers of same-sex marriage are launching what they call ‘an education campaign’.

It may eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Emily Dievendorf is part of the “Michigan for Marriage” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals….

“We want marriage and need marriage for all the same reasons that you do. And it certainly is ‘legal rights’, but it’s also we’re falling in love for all the same cheesy, beautiful reasons that you are … and that’s hard to get out of,” said Dievendorf.

A federal judge recently struck down Michigan’s same- sex marriage ban. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.

Dievendorf says … if necessary … the education campaign can morph into a political campaign … to put the issue on the 20-16 ballot.

Pastors rally in opposition to gay marriage ahead of federal court case in Detroit

Marriage0224-fotoA federal judge will hear arguments this week over whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. The trial begins Tuesday in Detroit.

Ahead of the arguments, dozens of Michigan pastors rallied in support of the ban Monday in Detroit. Continue reading