Category Archives: Civil Rights

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

file000619663500The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race and gender-based affirmative action that was approved by voters eight years ago.
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ACLU will try to force state to recognize same-sex marriages with lawsuit

Seven same-sex couples married in Michigan last month hope to force the state to recognize their marriages. The ACLU of Michigan plans to file a lawsuit on their behalf Monday afternoon.
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Schuette asks for fast action marriage case

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.
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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan petition circulator law

gavelA bill to let out-of-state residents gather petitions signatures is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature. Because of the bill, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state.
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US Attorney General says will recognize MI same-sex marriages

same sex marriageThe federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court. That means they will be able file joint federal tax returns and share federal government benefits.
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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages

same sex marriageSome 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.
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New study reviewed at civil rights meeting in Mount Pleasant


native americansDiscrimination can have many faces. State officials met Monday in Mount Pleasant to discuss findings of a study on micro-aggression toward Native Americans.
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Michigan same-sex marriage drama to play out this week

gavelMore 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.
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Closing arguments wrap up in same-sex marriage trial

gavelA federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today.
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Same sex marriage trial continues in Detroit

Wedding ringsThe federal trial on the challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban continues today with testimony from a county clerk who would like to issue wedding licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
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