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Michigan 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.

Marriage Of 300 Same-Sex Couples Ruled Valid In Michigan

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. READ MORE.

States In 6th Circuit Request SCOTUS Review

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. READ MORE.

State Civil Rights Amendment Dead, Says Speaker

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. READ MORE.

Michigan's Marriage Ban Draws Strong Reaction

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. READ MORE.

Upcoming Community Michigan LGBT Marriage Conversations

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. READ MORE.

Marriage Ban Upheld By 6th Circuit

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. READ MORE.

All Eyes On Michigan As SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Marriage Equality Cases

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. READ MORE.

Michigan For Marriage Announces New Co-Chairs

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. READ MORE.

MI Marriage Trial Arguments For Right To Stay Married Heard In Caspar v Snyder

"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." READ MORE.

Extending Marriage To Same-Sex Couples Could Bring Millions To State

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. READ MORE.

Gov. Ted Strickland Rallies With 6th Circuit Court

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. READ MORE.

GALLERY: Hundreds Gather At Cincinnati Courthouse Rally for Equality

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. READ MORE.

'A Turning Point In History' Heralded At Interfaith Marriage Equality Celebration In Warren

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. READ MORE.

Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment

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. READ MORE.

ACLU Of Michigan Asks Court To Order State to Recognize LGBT Marriages

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. READ MORE.

Duggan Signs On In Support Of Marriage Equality

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. READ MORE.

MI Marriage Trial Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages

"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." READ MORE.

Michigan Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign

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. READ MORE.

Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend

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. READ MORE.

Michigan Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down

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." READ MORE.

Michigan Makes History With First Marriages

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. READ MORE.

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal

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. READ MORE.

Michigan White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling

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. READ MORE.

Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal

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. READ MORE.

Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban

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. READ MORE.

Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral'

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 READ MORE.

Snyder Says Marriages Not Recognized

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. READ MORE.

MI Marriage Trial Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal

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. READ MORE.

Michigan Schuette Lies To Satisfy Political Base

AG Schuette can at least be honest as he throws more precious taxpayer dollars at this ridiculous appeal and admit he is pursuing it because it is his own personal faith perspective. READ MORE.

Michigan BREAKING: Holder Asked To Recognize Michigan Marriages

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett sent a joint letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking the federal government to recognize all the same-sex marriages performed in Michigan March 22. "Many of the couples that were married on March 22 waited decades for that opportunity," wrote Byrum and Triplett. "Their marriages complied with Judge Friedman's order and all relevant provisions of Michigan law and should be recognized as such by state and federal authorities without delay." READ MORE.

Michigan Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in favor of the Hazel Park couple who sued the State of Michigan and Oakland County for the right to marry and to adopt each others' children. The Judge did not issue a stay, and on Saturday morning 315 couples in four counties were able to marry before Attorney General Bill Schutte got a temporary stay issued which will be reviewed and ruled on by Wednesday. READ MORE.

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Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

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