Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages. Read more→
The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will not lift its order suspending the decision that struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban. The court extended its stay on the ruling while the case is being litigated. But it did agree to an expedited schedule to hear the case. Read more→
More than 300 newly married gay and lesbian couples in Michigan are watching to see what a federal appeals court might do this week.
Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, their marriages were performed this weekend before a federal appeals court called a halt to more same-sex weddings. Read more→
Hearings open this week at the state Capitol on a proposal to lift Michigan’s cap on electricity companies competing for customers. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us a 2008 law says no more than 10 percent of the state’s electricity can be directly provided to consumers by an alternative to a region’s major utility. Read more→
Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations. Read more→
The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state’s first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November. Read more→