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Michigan Updated: Pence Signs Indiana Religious Freedom Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed SB101 March 26, which was authored with the intent of ensuring that the government cannot force a citizen to violate their religious beliefs. In spite of overwhelming opposition from corporations, civil rights advocates and major convention organizers, Pence signed in to law a sweeping bill that will allow individuals to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against the LGBT community and minorities. READ MORE.

State Democratic Parties File Joint SCOTUS Brief

The Michigan Democratic Party and the Ohio Democratic Party have signed an amicus brief in the DeBoer v Snyder case that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. READ MORE.

East Grand Rapids Adopts Non-Discrimination Ordinance

A city in western Michigan is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment. The vote comes after East Grand Rapids leaders expressed disappointment that state lawmakers failed to pass legislation to do the same. READ MORE.

West Mich. Conversation On Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court of the United States is likely to make a decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage sometime in the middle of the year; however, continuing the conversation and outreach on marriage equality is key towards changing the community's hearts and minds. READ MORE.

Michigan Study Seeks LBT Women For Focus Group

Queer-identified women are being asked to participate in a discussion on identity, experiencing homophobia and the process of coming out, for a graduate thesis on gender roles. READ MORE.

SCOTUS To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases In Historic Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has decided to hear arguments from four states arguing against states' bans on same-sex marriage. 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.

From Selma To Detroit And The Importance Of Intersectionality

The 12th annual MLK Day Freedom Rally and March comes to Detroit Jan. 19 to recognize the contributions Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others brought that paved way for the Civil Rights movement during the '60s and '70s. READ MORE.

Moss Named Democratic House Assistant Floor Leader

Newly elected House Rep. Jeremy Moss of the 35th District representing Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin, has been named the assistant Democratic floor leader of the Michigan House. READ MORE.

No Word Yet From SCOTUS On Marriage Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court finished issuing orders without any word on whether or the nine justices will grant review on same-sex marriage. The court released their order list for Jan. 9, but none of the five same-sex marriage cases were on the list. But the move does not necessarily mean the court will not take up the cases this term. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope

SOUTHFIELD - This year the BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo was held on the anniversary weekend of Judge Friedman's decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. That decision struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, for less than 24 hours, allowing 323 couples to become legally married in the state.

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