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Michigan The Legal Ripple Effect From Marriage Equality

In a community conversation discussing the legal changes same-sex couples will face as a result of marriage equality, Miller Canfield highlighted how, compared to other states Michigan is far behind in preparing for legal changes resulting from from the U.S. Supreme Court decision. READ MORE.

National Obama Pick For Army Would Be First Openly Gay Service Chief

President Barack Obama said Sept. 18 that he will nominate longtime Pentagon official Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. READ MORE.

Michigan June 26: Marriage Equality Now Law Of The Land

In a widely expected yet stunning victory for LGBT people nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 26) that state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision requires states to both issue marriage licenses to couples and to recognize marriage licenses obtained in other states by same-sex couples.The 5 to 4 decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, strikes down bans that have been enforced in 13 states and is expected to secure the lower court decisions that struck down bans in nine other states. Kennedy wrote that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.""The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them. "President Obama, at an impromptu press conference outside the oval office, said the decision was "justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." READ MORE.

June 26: Affirmations Of Love And Family In Braun Court

"We were an army. Private citizens and grassroots - good people trying to do the right thing. I am tremendously proud of the legal system today. I am so proud of Judge Friedman who ordered a trial. I am so proud of Judge Martha Daughtrey who wrote that valiant dissent (in the 6th Circuit decision). I am proud of the five justices that authored the majority opinion in this case, for resolving issues of enormous importance in our society." said Carole Stanyar, attorney for the DeBoer family READ MORE.

Courser Resigns, Gamrat Expelled From State House

Tea party conservative lawmakers Reps. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, are no longer representatives in the Michigan House. READ MORE.

National Feds Propose Expansion Of Insurance Rule To Require Trans Related Care

Federal health officials have taken the first step in creating federal rules which would require all insurance plans to cover medically necessary transition related care for transgender people. READ MORE.

Michigan Snyder Signs RFRA-Style Adoption Bills

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed controversial legislation that would allow state funded adoption agencies to refuse services to potential adoptive families based on the agencies' "sincerely held religious or moral beliefs." READ MORE.

LGBT Support Service Center Opens In Muskegon County

The first ever LGBT community center is opening up in Muskegon County, serving Muskegon and surrounding areas. READ MORE.

Affirmations Announces New Executive Director

After a year of searching, Affirmations, the LGBT community center for metro Detroit, will hire Darrious Hilmon to be the next executive director. READ MORE.

DPD Promises Change, LGBT Community To Hold DPD Accountable

Over a hundred people gathered in Palmer Park Aug. 12 for an LGBT community conversation with the Detroit Police Department, leaders from Detroit based LGBT organizations and the U.S. Attorney's Office. READ MORE.

Special Section: Romance
From US to Canada, Western Michigan Couple Celebrates Their Love

It was love at first sight for Max Brown and Doug Sipsma. They met in 1999 when they were both visiting Chicago. They struck up a conversation in a store, exchanged phone numbers and a couple of weeks later they had their first date. They've been together ever since.

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