PrideSource - front http://www.pridesource.com Your Michigan LGBT Directory and News Source en Copyright 2009, Pride Source Media Group 20 Apr 2015 17:20 EST 20 Apr 2015 17:20 EST webmaster@pridesource.com webmaster@pridesource.com pridesource.com http://www.pridesource.com/img/logo.gif http://pridesource.com Q&A: Reba Talks 'Very Important' LGBT Rights, Her First Gay Wedding & Feeling 'Sad' For Closeted Country Stars http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71098 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/RebaWEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Even by phone, Reba McEntire makes you feel right at home. "Thanks for the visit; I've enjoyed visitin' with you!" the singer drawls, wrapping up our conversation as if I'd just stopped by for buttered grits and a cup of hot coffee. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71098 8 Free Ways to Bond With Mom This Mother's Day http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71020 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_FRIV_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71020 Q&A: Marina and the Diamonds Talks Lesbian Rumors & 'Shit' Interviews, Says Pop Phase Made Her Feel 'Uncomfortable' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70993 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/MarinaWEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"This line is so sketchy!" says Marina Lambrini Diamandis (better known by her stage name, Marina and the Diamonds). But despite the fallible international phone connection, the Welsh indie-pop artist's refreshing truthfulness is not impeded as she promotes her latest album, "FROOT." Marina can be heard loud and clear while serving major dish on a variety of hot topics: lesbian rumors, Katy Perry parties, interviews she calls "complete shit" and what she thinks of artists who pander to the gay community (Hint: "It's insulting"). http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70993 Q&A: Scott Eastwood Endorses Father's Gay Marriage Mantra, Talks Sex Scenes ('I Was Turned On') & Mel Gibson's Advice http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70803 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/ScottWEBMAIN2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Scott Eastwood has already provided a generous hunk of swoon-worthy shirtlessness, but the model-turned-actor is just getting started. In his first lead role as Luke Collins in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Longest Ride," out April 10, Clint's sexy son makes you feel all the feels as a bull rider pursuing a hard-won girl (and, for good measure, flashing his now-famous abs). During our recent interview, the 29-year-old talked about winning over the gay world as a full-time hunk, identifying with his father's Libertarian beliefs on LGBT equality, his Martin Luther King man crush, and keeping his thoughts (and other stuff) in check during sex scenes. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70803 Gay-Owned Ferndale Business Wins Big At 2015 Great Lakes Floral Expo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70811 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2314/S2_FERNDALECC_2314.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Congratulations are in order for LGBT-owned Blumz, which received several award at this year's Great Lakes Floral Expo in March. The longtime vendor at Between the Lines' Same-Sex Wedding Expo is a full-service florist and a wedding and event planning store with locations in Detroit, Ferndale and Ann Arbor. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70811 Josh Groban Q&A: His Queer Bear Fans, Failing The Ryan Gosling 'Gay Test' & Why He Worships RuPaul http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70694 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/JoshGrobanWEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>It all began with the bears. "I'm like, 'Are you a baseball team?'" says Josh Groban, recalling an early-career encounter with a man who informed the crooner about his growing number of gay bear fans. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70694 Deep Inside Hollywood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70703 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S3_DIH_2313.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>HBO's "Battle of the Sexes," Meryl Carey and Helena go to Suffragette City, Chuck Palahniuk and Daniel Franzese http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70703 Q&A: Mo'Nique Talks Recent Media Slams, Race In Hollywood, Isaiah Washington ('He Never Had A Problem With Gays') & LGBT Integration http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70589 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/MoNique1WEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Mo'Nique isn't one to hold back. Take her ongoing clash with Lee Daniels, who directed her Oscar-winning performance in 2009's "Precious." Daniels said the 47-year-old's behavior got her "blackballed"; she, on the other hand, says Hollywood isn't "playing fairly." As the actress' latest film "Blackbird" hits theaters, Mo'Nique discussed how the back-and-forth feud wouldn't stop her from working with Daniels again; her belief that if she doesn't have to come out as straight, nor should LGBT people; and the childhood mantra that brings her comfort when the media is on her back. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70589 Q&A: Olly Murs Talks Handsy Fans, Gay-Baiting & Sharing A Sweater With Sam Smith ('It Was A Beautiful Thing') http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70497 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/ollyweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> A veteran of nakedness, Olly Murs was fueling our straight-boy fantasies long before Nick Jonas. Stripping at London's prestigious G-A-Y club, frequent underwear-only selfies, a leather jacket-clad cover photo in December's Attitude magazine - we're as addicted to Murs' sex appeal as we are his pop confections. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70497 Anti-Gay Company Has Lapsed Michigan Mechanic's License http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71030 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/dieseltecforweb.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Brian Klawiter, the Grandville business owner at the center of a firestorm of controversy because of his Facebook post that he would deny service to openly gay people, has not been a legally licensed mechanic in Michigan since Oct. 12, 2014. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71030 Controversial Anti-LGBT Mechanic Has Checkered Past http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71029 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M_GrandvilleUpdateMain.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Grandville, Michigan mechanic making controversial waves has a checkered past. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71029 Pro-Gay Protestors at Dieseltec - GALLERY http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71099 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71099 Supporters of DieselTec - GALLERY http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71100 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71100 Policing Gender And Sexuality In 2015 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71009 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M2_DPD_LGBTrainings_2314.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The LGBT community has a long and often very violent track record with law enforcement. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71009 Dievendorf Leaves Equality Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70997 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M_Emily_Dievendorf.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>For the fifth time in less than a decade, Equality Michigan is without an executive director. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70997 An 'Enchanted' Evening Presents Affirmations' New Prince Charming http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71010 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M3_EnchantedAffirmations_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a sold out Spring Bash fundraising event on April 11, Affirmations presented their new "Prince Charming" and executive director, Darrious Hilmon, to the local LGBT community. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71010 Pride Night At Detroit Tigers Planned http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70994 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M10_TigersPrideNight_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70994 Ann Arbor Musician Releases LGBT-Themed Video http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71012 When native Hoosier and Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Chris Good scheduled to release his music video "Beautiful" at the end of March, he had no idea the media storm over his home state of Indiana's new controversial Religious Freedom law was about to hit, or that similar efforts were underway to pass a similar law in Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71012 Michigan Clergy Prepare For LGBT Weddings In Upcoming Workshop http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71014 In preparation for the U.S. Supreme Court decision this June on same-sex marriage, clergy in Michigan will gather in East Lansing April 27, the day before the case is heard by SCOTUS, in a discussion that will build clergy and faith-based wedding officiant skills in support of a possible affirmative decision from the courts. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71014 Local LGBT-Supportive Catholic Group Conducts Survey On Marriage, Sexuality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71007 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M_CatholicSynod_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Two years ago, Pope Francis called for a two-year consultation on the family. As part of that consultation, an extraordinary Synod of Bishops met last October and an ordinary Synod of Bishops will meet this fall at the Vatican. The theme of the synod, or assembly, is "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71007 Snyder: 'I Would Veto RFRA Legislation' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70900 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2314/S1M_RickSnyder2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In a rare moment of political frankness, Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has announced he would veto religious freedom legislation if it does not have companion legislation to protect the LGBT community from discrimination. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70900 The 2016 Presidential Campaign Shapes Up As Exciting One For LGBT People http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70999 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/Hillary_Clinton_2016_president_bid_confirmed.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be a particularly exciting and meaningful one for LGBT people. Here are just a few reasons why... http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70999 Executive Order Protecting LGBT In Workplace Now In Effect http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71017 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1N10_LGBTWorkplaceProtections_2316_MAIN.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>President Obama's Executive Order, signed July 21, 2014, on LGBT Workplace Discrimination went into effect April 8. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71017 Indiana Success Emboldens Gay Rights Advocates In U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70977 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their big legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in states around the U.S. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70977 Reuters Poll Shows RFRA Holds Minority Support http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71018 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1N10_PollingRFRAStats_2316_.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> A new poll conducted by Reuters between April 6 and 8 has found that 52 percent of the American population supports allowing same-sex couples to marry. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71018 Support For Same-Sex Marriage Rising In 50 States, Study Finds http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71019 Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a report released April 14 by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Drexel University. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71019 Candlewick Relaunches LGBT-Inclusive Modern Classic http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70979 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1_Fam_HH2M_Leslea_Newman_2315.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>MASSACHUSETTS - Twenty-five years ago, 50 publishers received a copy of "Heather Has Two Mommies," a picture book by Leslea Newman. The book walked through a 5-year-old's first day of kindergarden, but publishers didn't jump on the chance to place Heather in the hands of American households. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70979 Depressive Symptoms Tied to LGB Identities In Early Adulthood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70976 WASHINGTON D.C. -- People whose same-sex attraction surfaced in early adulthood reported more symptoms of depression in a nationwide survey than those whose sexual orientations did not change or changed in the opposite direction, according to a new study by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70976 The OutField: Hoosier Hullabaloo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71022 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_OF_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71022 Why Kacey Musgraves Is Changing Country Music One Pissed Off Pun At A Time http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70995 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/kaceyWEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Country music hasn't been fair to its underappreciated female populace, especially lately, as dudes increasingly dominate airplay with their beer-guzzling, truck-revving, bro-y ways. And even if Kacey Musgraves doesn't change that - and let's hope she does - she'll at least have something to say about it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70995 Why Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Is Her Best Album In A Decade http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70692 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/MadonnaWEB.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> Like a virgin, Madonna is pure again. Cleansed of the unbecoming trend grabs that marred the icon's erratic predecessors - namely the sinfully juvenile "Hard Candy" and "MDNA," better but still pastiche - our Blessed Goddess steps back into her ray of light and applies a new shine to an old sound. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70692 Hear Me Out: Kelly Clarkson, Brandi Carlile http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70509 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S2_HMO_2311-FRONT.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70509 All Hail Fifth Harmony! Plus: Michelle Chamuel, B-52s' Kate Pierson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70110 Fifth Harmony, Michelle Chamuel, Kate Pierson, and Night Terrors of 1927 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70110 Hear Me Out: Meghan Trainor, Belle and Sebastian http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69907 Meghan Trainor, Belle an dSebastian, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Ella Henderson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69907 Hear Me Out: Best Of 2014 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69606 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69606 Hear Me Out: Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69420 Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Calvin Harris, Haerts http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69420 Is GoFundMe The New Welfare For Anti-Gay Corporations? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71027 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1M_PolDieselTec_Main.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>From the community that gave us the delightful ignorance of Dave Agema, the former state representative and current GOP national committeeman from Michigan, now we have a mechanic who has announced he won't provide service to "openly gay people." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71027 Gary Glenn Apologizes For Agenda Alert http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70961 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70961 Bristow, White Nationalist Defender Of 'Traditional Marriage,' Getting Divorce http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70962 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70962 Schuette Shifts Legal Arguments In Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70867 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70867 Glenn 'Agenda Alert' Slammed By Mt. Pleasant Newspaper http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70868 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70868 Gov. Mike Pence Defends Against 'Avalanche' Of Criticisms http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70869 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70869 Rep. Gary Glenn Issues 'Agenda Alert' Because News Editor Is Gay http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70796 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70796 Planet Fitness Sued Over Transgender Support http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70766 The folks at {URL Planet Fitness http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=70569}, who have weathered a blistering national campaign to denigrate their pro-transgender rights stance in Midland, Michigan are now facing a lawsuit over that stance. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70766 Creep of the Week: Pat Robertson http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70984 Extra, extra! Read all about it: Pat Robertson will come to your Big Gay Wedding! There's one condition: you're gonna have to show him a baby conceived through butt sex. Now, I know what you're thinking: "That's not how babies are made and why would I want Pat Robertson at my wedding? He's a hateful old man." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70984 Parting Glances: Render Unto Caesar's Pizza http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70987 Following an unexpected backlash -- best described as a concerned public whiplash -- Fools for Christ, Inc. announced on Easter Sunday its cancellation of their scheduled "Hate Someone Special for Jesus Week." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70987 Transmissions: Meanness And Meaning http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70893 We are living in very mean times. The news is filled with police assaults and murders of people of color. Congress is continuing to try and gut health care and other social safety nets. Certain elements of the media continue to blame women, immigrants, the poor, religious minorities and people of color -- amongst others -- for all of societies' ills. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70893 SCOTUS To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases In Historic Decision http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69805 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2303/S1M1_ResponseMIchToSuppremes.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has decided to hear arguments from four states arguing against states' bans on same-sex marriage. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69805 Extending Marriage To Same-Sex Couples Could Bring Millions To State http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67445 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2232/williams.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Michigan would generate an estimated $53.2 million in spending to the state economy, according to a new study. Key findings include revenue generated from wedding arrangements, tourism and sales tax revenue. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67445 Nagging Questions Behind 6th Circuit Marriage Cases http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69962 There is at least one small nagging question looming over the happy news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeals of same-sex couples challenging laws in four states that refuse to license or recognize their marriages. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69962 Snyder: Michigan Will Recognize 300 Same-Sex Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69998 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2305/S1M2_MIRecognizeSSM_2307.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Facing a deadline, Governor Snyder announced February 4 that the state would not appeal the court decision made by Judge Goldsmith on January 15, ordering Michigan to recognize the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples that were married March 22, 2014. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69998 Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2308/S1M_KeenStory_2308.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70262 Gay Marriage Case May Affect Discrimination, Religion Bills http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69964 LANSING (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to resuscitate legislation that would protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination, while LGBT advocates explore asking voters to pass the bill since it's unlikely to clear the GOP-led Legislature. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69964 Snyder: Michigan Will Recognize 300 Same-Sex Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69998 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2305/S1M2_MIRecognizeSSM_2307.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Facing a deadline, Governor Snyder announced February 4 that the state would not appeal the court decision made by Judge Goldsmith on January 15, ordering Michigan to recognize the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples that were married March 22, 2014. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69998 Marriage Of 300 Same-Sex Couples Ruled Valid In Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69801 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2303/S1M1_CasparvSnyder_2235.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A Federal District court judge ruled on Jan. 15 that Michigan must respect the marriages of over 300 same-sex couples that were married in March 2014. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69801 States In 6th Circuit Request SCOTUS Review http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68988 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M2_6thCircuitPetitions_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Petitions to The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) have been filed in all four states in the 6th Circuit, which recently issued its ruling on marriage equality for the Midwest states. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68988 State Civil Rights Amendment Dead, Says Speaker http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69297 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2249/JaseBolger.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says legislation to amend Michigan's civil rights act to include protections for the LGBT community is dead. "The Speaker and I have both been quoted saying the Elliott-Larsen amendment bill will not be voted on this year because there isn't enough support to get the bill out of committee," says Bolger's spokesman Ari Adler. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=69297 Michigan's Marriage Ban Draws Strong Reaction http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68883 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/CoupleNessel123Web.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Adding months, perhaps years, for same-sex couples to receive recognition from the state of Michigan for their marriages, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals late Thursday afternoon ruled that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages was legal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68883 Upcoming Community Michigan LGBT Marriage Conversations http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68985 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2246/S1M10_M4M_2247.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>In the next few weeks, Michigan For Marriage will host two community conversations to talk about the current state of the DeBoer v Snyder trial as well as what we can expect for the upcoming months. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68985 Marriage Ban Upheld By 6th Circuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68882 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2245/S1M1_MarriageDecision_2246.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>At 4:40 p.m. Nov. 6 the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati became the first federal appellate court in over a year to rule against the freedom to marry. The ruling overturned lower court decisions out of Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, all of which found that denying marriage to gay couples is unconstitutional. The 6th Circuit's decision is in conflict with favorable marriage rulings in virtually every court to this point, including the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits and a strong majority of the American people. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68882 All Eyes On Michigan As SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Marriage Equality Cases http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68338 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1M1_ResponseMIchToSuppremes.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday (Oct. 6) to decline to hear multiple cases regarding marriage equality, will soon result in 30 states and the District of Columbia offering legal same-sex marriage. Michigan, however, remains a state where same-sex marriages are not yet legal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68338 Marriage Ban Upheld By 6th Circuit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68350 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68350 Michigan For Marriage Announces New Co-Chairs http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68336 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2240/S1M10_Mich4MarriageCoChairs.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Any day now, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will release their decision that will determine marriage equality for four U.S. states. In the midst of the anticipation, a bipartisan group of respected state leaders has stepped forward to be Co-Chairs of Michigan for Marriage, the state's marriage equality campaign. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=68336 Arguments For Right To Stay Married Heard In Caspar v Snyder http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67670 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2234/S1M1_CasparVSnyder2_2235.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"We just want to be treated equally," DeJong started. "I truly don't understand people's rabid resistance to treating each other equally and with respect. We waited 27 years to get married, not by choice, but by exclusion-we simply weren't allowed to marry." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67670 Federal Court To Hear Arguments In Michigan Marriage Recognition Lawsuit, Rally Preceding Hearing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67555 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2233/S1M1_ACLUCase_2234.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67555 Gov. Ted Strickland Rallies With 6th Circuit Court http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67348 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2231/SAM_0553.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>An estimated 700 LGBT and allied individuals came out in support of a Marriage Equality Rally on Aug. 5, one day before the 6th Circuit Court hearing that will have testimony from each same-sex marriage case from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67348 GALLERY: Hundreds Gather At Cincinnati Courthouse Rally for Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67344 With the 6th Circuit Court hearing of DeBoer V. Snyder just a day away, over four hundred LGBT people and their allies have gathered in front of the Cincinnati courthouse in support of marriage equality. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67344 'A Turning Point In History' Heralded At Interfaith Marriage Equality Celebration In Warren http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67345 On the eve of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing arguments in the case of DeBoer V. Snyder, more than 100 people came out to Renaissance Unity church in Warren for an interfaith marriage equality celebration. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67345 Kent County Clerk Makes Deal With Gay Couple To Avoid Suit http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66867 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2226/DSCN0274.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66867 Diverse Support For Same-Sex Couples In Michigan's Marriage Ban Challenge http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66707 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66707 The Stay Delayed Allows 315 Couples To Wed In State http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65246 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1_FirstCoupleOakMarriageEquality-AP5.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65246 Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2216/S1M1_CouplesACLU_2216-1.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - The discriminatory consequences of Gov. Rick Snyder's actions were recounted through the lives of eight Michigan same-sex couples during an emotional press conference Monday. The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit, Caspar v Snyder, on behalf of the couples, who where legally married on March 22, after U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the ban prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional. The opportunity to marry was short-lived and took place in just four Michigan counties that opened on a Saturday, before a stay pursued by Attorney General Bill Schuette was issued preventing more same sex couples from marrying. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65695 ACLU Of Michigan Asks Court To Order State to Recognize LGBT Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66452 DETROIT - On May 22 the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a motion for preliminary injunction asking the federal district court to require the State of Michigan to recognize the 300 LGBT marriages performed March 22. The couples were legally married after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in DeBoer V. Snyder declaring the Michigan Marriage Amendment was unconstitutional. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66452 Duggan Signs On In Support Of Marriage Equality http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66708 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2225/S1M3_DugganSigns_2225.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Mayor Mike Duggan joins with many other Michigan and national mayors in support of Marriage Equality, becoming the 19th Michigan mayor to sign up with Mayors for the Freedom To Marry. Joined by over 419 mayors from 38 states across the country, Duggan signs on as a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry, an initiative by Freedom to Marry, a national organization founded in 2003 with the goal of getting equal marriage nationwide. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66708 Michigan For Marriage Launches Public Education Effort http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66046 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2219/MichiganForMarriageLogo.png' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66046 Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65367 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1M2_2214_shutterstock_165893657.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>"We applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the United States government will recognize the marriages that were performed on Saturday," said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. "Rather than trying to play both sides of the fence, Gov. Snyder should have stood on the side of equality and we hope this announcement will push him to follow the federal government's lead on the issue. Gov. Snyder should not be wasting taxpayer money by continuing to deny equal rights to loving families." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65367 MI Marriage: Schuette Asks For Full Appeals Court Review http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65481 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65481 Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65336 Bill Schuette launched his campaign for another four-year term as Michigan's Attorney General March 22 at press conferences in several locations across the state. Although he gamely tried to stay focused on his campaign, reporters questions were almost exclusively about gay marriage and Schuette's opposition to it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65336 Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65248 Politico reported today that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will follow however a federal judge rules on the legality of same-sex marriages in his state. Snyder made the comments at a Bloomberg View forum with reporters in Manhattan, as same-sex couples who married March 22 await clarity after a federal judge put a temporary hold on a ruling overturning Michigan's ban on gay marriage."If a federal judge changes the law...then I'm going to follow what's been redefined as the law," Snyder said. "So I am not spending time on the issue itself...hopefully the Court of Appeals and their stay or something can clarify the status of weddings that took place in the interim. Those couples are in a tough spot. So I want to get some clarity," Snyder told Politico. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65248 Sixth Circuit Continues Stay http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65258 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65258 Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65331 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/1-MarriageTrial-AP15.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling was unequivocal. In the strongest possible terms, he struck down Michigan's marriage ban as unconstitutional just before 5 p.m. on March 21, writing that the state's objections to marriage equality did not reach even the bare minimum legal threshold - they weren't even rational. The opinion repudiated each of the state's key witnesses, describing some of them as "entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," and described all the plaintiffs' witnesses as "highly credible." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65331 Michigan Makes History With First Marriages http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65333 As soon as U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the ban on same sex marriage in Michigan unconstitutional at 4:50 p.m. Friday and it was clear no stay was attached to his sweeping decision, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately requested an emergency stay. The stay would come, but not before 4 counties in the state married 315 same sex couples Saturday morning. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65333 Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65332 A group of marriage-equality advocates and elected officials today delivered 14,000 signatures and an album of wedding photos from Saturday urging Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop his appeal of a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan."We need to remember this isn't about any one of us, it's about all of us and that we need to see the faces of the happy couples that were so excited to get married on Saturday," Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today at a press conference at the Capitol. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65332 Pictures from Ingham County - Getting Married http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65372 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65372 Pictures from Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 1 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65373 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65373 Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's office - Part 2 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65374 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65374 Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 3 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65375 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65375 Pictures from Washtenaw County http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65376 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65376 White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65361 The Traditionalist Youth Network - a group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group - has filed an amicus curiae brief with the 6th District Court of Appeals supporting Attorney General Bill Schuette's appeal of a federal district court decision that found the state's marriage ban unconstitutional. "It is simply unfathomable to postulate that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents states from banning same-sex marriages when the totality of the history of the Western and American legal traditions demonstrates quite clearly that same-sex conduct can be penalized. Lawrence is radically wrong, but legalizing same-sex marriage through judicial opinion is offensively absurd," the group's attorneys write in the conclusion of their brief. "It is high time for the mockery of our ancient and traditional European institutions and customs to end."The 28-page friend of the court brief spends several pages highlighting laws from ancient European cultures that enacted severe punishments - most often execution - for homosexual conduct. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65361 Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65334 DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman found the testimony of the state's key witness sociologist Mark Regnerus "entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration," and that it was contrived by a cabal of right-wing ideologues who created the "research" to shore up their objections to marriage equality. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65334 Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65335 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S1M2_Marriage_Schauer_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>LANSING - Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer was excited Friday evening. In a phone call conversation with BTL minutes after the ruling was issued, he hailed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling that strikes down Michigan's marriage amendment. "I think this is a major victory," Schauer said. "Loving, committed couples across the state can now be married. They can finally be a family like any other Michigan family. " Schauer said he has been an advocate for LGBT equality for many years. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65335 Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65337 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65337 Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal? http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65338 http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65338 Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65339 the electorate cannot order a violation of the Due Process or Equal Protection Clauses by referendum or otherwise, just as the state may not avoid their application by deferring to the wishes or objections of its citizens.' - U.S. Federal District Court Judge Bernard Friedman in his ruling striking down the Michigan Marriage Amendment declaring it unconstitutional http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65339 BTL's Wedding Expo: Like Pride in April http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65340 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2213/S2_MarriageExpoImage_2213.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65340 Snyder Says Marriages Not Recognized http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65259 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/S1M_MichiganNews_Generic.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder just announced. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65259 Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65254 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2212/1_A_PressConferenceMarriage_2.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>A group of marriage-equality advocates and elected officials today delivered 14,000 signatures and an album of wedding photos from Saturday urging Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop his appeal of a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Michigan."We need to remember this isn't about any one of us, it's about all of us and that we need to see the faces of the happy couples that were so excited to get married on Saturday," Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today at a press conference at the Capitol. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65254 Things Get Hairy In East Lansing http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71021 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_LANSINGCC_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71021 Prize-Winning Musical Packs Emotional Punch http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70915 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_CC_Normal.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK - Set to a thrilling pop-rock score, Pulitzer Prize-winning "Next to Normal" offers an intimate portrait of a family dealing with bipolar disorder that is at once devastating, honest, heartbreaking - and unexpectedly humorous. The musical runs April 17 through May 3 on the 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, in downtown Royal Oak. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70915 Performance Network To Host Ann Arbor Film Festival For Two Nights http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70712 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S2_AACC_2313_PerfNetwork.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The Ann Arbor Film Festival will present two nights of its Cinema and Music Performance series at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28 at the Performance Network Theatre. Performances on March 26 are "A Home Inside," a live presentation with three 16mm projectors by Berlinbased artists OJOBOCA (Anja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy) and a performance by Warsawbased artist and musician Wojciech Bakowski. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70712 Ann Arbor Theater Performs Classic Children's Tale http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70713 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2313/S2_AACC_WildSwan.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ANN ARBOR -- Award-winning Wild Swan Theater continues its 35th season of bringing the finest professional theater to families with "The Ugly Duckling." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70713 Make A Move With East Lansing's 'Chess - A Staged Concert' http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70606 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2312/S2_LANSING_2312.jpeg' style='width:250px'><br/>East Lansing's Wharton Center will host the inaugural "imaGen project" production this month: "Chess - A Staged Concert." Jen Werner, the associate director of "The Book of Mormon," has been hired to direct the work. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70606 Annual Shakespeare Festival In Royal Oak Announces Auditions http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70514 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2311/S2_ROCC_2311.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>ROYAL OAK -- Water Works Theatre Company announces that auditions for its 15th season of Shakespeare Royal Oak in Starr Jaycee Park will take place March 23 and 24. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70514 Women's Rights Explored In Slipstream Theatre Production http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70408 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2310/S2_FerndaleCC-SlipStream-2310.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70408 The OutField: Hoosier Hullabaloo http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71022 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S2_OF_2316.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/> http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71022 The OutField: The Fight For Rights For Female Coaches http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70710 The story is current, but you can be forgiven for thinking it's from 10 years ago. Or 50. Shannon Miller was one of the most successful coaches in college athletics - any sport, both genders. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70710 LGBT Mud 5k Brings In Over 650 Runners http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2228/S2_Mudrun_2229.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The sporting event featured obstacles such as the "Cherry Picker," "Is that Mud in Your Pants?" and "Hello Sailor." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=66976 The OutField: Gay Games Come To Cleveland - And Akron Too http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67918 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2237/S3_OF_2237.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Gay Games 9 took Cleveland by storm this month. Oh, and Akron too. Hold your snickers. Cleveland (and Akron) may not be San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago or Cologne - previous hosts of what would have been called the "Gay Olympics" had the Straight Olympics not gotten their panties in a bunch three decades ago. So "Gay Olympics" was out, even though the Straight Olympics folks had no problem with other Olympics names, like the Rat Olympics. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=67918 The OutField: Gay Games 9 builds on the past http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65861 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2218/S3_OF_2218.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>The past year marked a watershed for LGBT sports. Athletes at every level - professional, college, high school and amateur - at first ventured, then flooded out of the closet. Media attention no longer treats gay athletes as exotic creatures, all but unheard of in the real world; stories now focus on more nuanced aspects of their lives. Homophobes are increasingly marginalized, banished from the sidelines to the back row of the bleachers. In some ways (though we're still waiting for that first huge-name pro male team-sport athlete to come out), LGBT athletics has reached the point we've long waited for: normalcy. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65861 Friends & Field Goals http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2211/S2_HealthFlagFootball_2211.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>From the sidelines, the Michigan Panthers flag football players appear to be an identical group, indistinguishable in their fluorescent orange jerseys. But out on the turf, in the thick of game, the athletes are anchored to the sport by a shared competitive spirit and love for their teammates, as each of them, for varying reasons, call the league "home." For Otiz Porter, 37, a psychology professor at Wayne County Community College, it's also "being a part of something larger than yourself, where there are vast types of gay men represented. Gay, straight, transsexual - whatever box you like to put yourself in, it's represented (in the Metro Detroit Flag Football League). And you are considered an athlete." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=65074 The OutField: The Ultimate Game http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64944 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2210/S2_OT_2210.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>So how gay is frisbee? Pretty gay. It's a sport - which is actually called "Ultimate" and played with a "disc," because "Frisbee" is a registered trademark - that has traditionally attracted "outsiders." Some are good athletes who have been turned off by the rigid rules and militaristic manner of mainstream sports. Others are people who always considered themselves non-athletes, but finally realized the joy that can be found running, throwing and catching. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=64944 BTL Editorial: Crisis Of Leadership At Equality Michigan http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71000 <img src='http://www.pridesource.com/btl-db/images/2315/S1O_BTL_OPED_2216.jpg' style='width:250px'><br/>Equality Michigan is a mess. There. We said it. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71000 Discrimination In The Lord's Name http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71003 In order to base service decisions on religious freedom, one would have to investigate each customer and determine if they've violated doctrine in any way. Anything short of this is cherry-picking, exercising selective rights-of-refusal. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71003 Transmissions: A Restroom, A Symbol http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71004 Transgender and gender non-conforming Americans do indeed have the right to use whatever facilities they identify with. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=71004 Transmissions: Meanness And Meaning http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70893 We are living in very mean times. The news is filled with police assaults and murders of people of color. Congress is continuing to try and gut health care and other social safety nets. Certain elements of the media continue to blame women, immigrants, the poor, religious minorities and people of color -- amongst others -- for all of societies' ills. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70893 BTL Editorial: Gov. Snyder: The Time To Talk Is Over http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70892 Gov. Snyder has been just as cautious when it comes to the so-called "religious freedom" bills. He wants to wait and approach the legislation and evaluate it after it passes. By then, it will be too late. The governor must do what he was elected to do - he must stand up and lead. http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=70892