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National Groups: Alabama Counties Complying With Marriage Ruling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers representing gay couples said July 2 that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. READ MORE.

Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage In Churches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. READ MORE.

Federal Judge To Louisiana: Make Gay Marriage Changes Now

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed July 2 that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates. READ MORE.

Michigan 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.

'You Can't Win A Case That You Never File'

In 2011, when April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse approached Dana Nessel for legal counsel they primarily sought to change Michigan's adoption code, one of the most restrictive in the country as it pertains to same-sex couples and their ability to adopt children. READ MORE.

DeBoer-Rowse: The Journey To Equality Always About The Children

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse describe "actively stumbling" into their lawsuit against the state of Michigan. READ MORE.

The End Of Michigan For Marriage?

Gina Calcagno is in charge of the day to day advocacy for the Michigan For Marriage campaign, management of press statements, organizing community conversations and connecting with LGBT couples in the state. READ MORE.

Michigan Politicians Quick To Respond To Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

LANSING - Within hours of the release of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages across the country, Michigan politicians on both sides of the issue were commenting on it. "Same-sex marriage has been a divisive issue in Michigan and across our country. Recognizing that there are strong feelings on both sides, it is important for everyone to respect the judicial process and the decision today from the U.S. Supreme Court," Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press statement released less than 30 minutes after the decision was announced. "Our state government will follow the law and our state agencies will make the necessary changes to ensure that we will fully comply." By 10:30 a.m., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - which oversees marriage licensing - had issued new, gender neutral marriage forms as well as guidance to all county clerks in Michigan, said Jennifer Smith, a spokesperson for the department. READ MORE.

Ingham Celebrates Marriage Equality

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has been issuing multiple marriage licenses to same-sex couples. READ MORE.

Decision Day Resource Center

Michigan for Marriage has created a Michigan Decision Day Resource Center to help LGBT couples across the state navigate their marriage in upcoming months. READ MORE.

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.

Snyder, Legislature Pass Litany Of Intolerant, Regressive Bills

Last week was especially bad for anyone in Michigan who cares about children, equality, justice, fairness and economic progress. Here is a litany of backwater, intolerant, anti-economic development bills passed in Michigan's legislature in just one week: READ MORE.

Michigan Couples, Clerks Anticipate Hurdles To Same-Sex Marriage

How quickly county clerks will be able to implement a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court is unclear. State officials tell BTL that the necessary new forms and policies are stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire and in, some instances, a holding pattern. READ MORE.

Did Snyder Trade Signature On Anti-Gay Adoption Bills For Deal On Road Funding?

A source with a large national LGBT organization, speaking to Between The Lines on background, says Gov. Rick Snyder traded his signature on anti-gay adoptions bills - dubbed RFRA-style bills by the ACLU and other opponents - in order to get a much needed roads funding bill through the conservative legislature. READ MORE.

Snyder Signs Adoption Discrimination Bills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a controversial three bill legislative package which would allow faith-based adoption and foster agencies paid public dollars to refuse service to adoptive or foster parents based on the agencies' sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. READ MORE.

SCOTUS Does Right

In a 5 to 4 decision, the US Supreme Court cites the equal protection of 14th amendment to overturn the 6th circuit decision, and makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Come back to pridesource.com for more coverage over the day. Read the decision here: {URL http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf} READ MORE.

BREAKING: State Dept. of Health and Human Services releases marriage guidance

At 10:30 Friday morning, less than 30 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality was the law of the land, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services release a marriage guidance to county clerks as well as a new gender neutral marriage application, said Jennifer Smith, a spokesperson for the department. READ MORE.

Video: James Toy reflects on Marriage Equality Hearings

James Toy, of the University of Michigan and a longtime LGBT advocate reflects on the meaning of the historic marriage equality hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court. Between The Lines caught up with Toy at a conference for clergy on preparing for marriage equality in East Lansing on April 27. Click to view video: READ MORE.

Michigan's SCOTUS Courtside Campers

Dozens of people have been camping out in front of the U.S. Supreme Court since Friday, enduring cold temperatures and rain, in order to ensure that they get a seat in the room when the high court hears testimony from supporters and opponents of marriage equality tomorrow morning. They began lining up at 6 a.m. on April 24, four days before the hearing. With 100 hours to go before the nine justices will hear arguments over the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage, Frank Colasonti Jr. and his husband Jim Ryder joined the queue of dedicated individuals in front of the courthouse. READ MORE.

Viewpoints Op-Ed: Mary Bonauto Is The Supreme Court Hero We Need And Deserve

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson explains why there's no one better to represent us at the high court than his friend Mary Bonauto. READ MORE.

Michigan The Road After SCOTUS Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of legal recognition of same-sex marriage April 28. However, marriage equality is not the only legal and social fight affecting the LGBT community. READ MORE.

State Capitol Candlelight Vigil Tonight Supporting Marriage Equality

All across the state, supporters of same-sex marriage, legal scholars, community members, faith leaders and movement leaders will join together in celebration of the historic trial to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage. READ MORE.

Marriage Equality March Downtown Flint

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint will hold a Marriage Equality Vigil that will become a march for equality April 28. READ MORE.

Michigan Dems Introduce Legislation Seeking Marriage Equality

A group of Democratic lawmakers from the state House and Senate introduced a package of bills March 19 that would recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan. READ MORE.

MI Marriage Trial Meet The Marriage Equality 'Poster Children'

It all happened in a rush. On March 21 of last year, a Friday, Circuit Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman ruled that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. He declined, however, to issue a stay of his ruling pending appeal. READ MORE.

Caspar Recap: Married Is Married

In April 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, on behalf of eight couples that were married on March 22, 2014 during the small window following the Friedman decision in DeBoer v Snyder, filed a lawsuit against the state. READ MORE.

Love Is Love: First Couples To Marry In The Mitten

One year ago, four out of 83 counties in the state opened up on a Saturday to issue 323 same-sex marriage licenses. That day, March 22, 2014, will be a historic anniversary in Michigan's history books, especially for the state's LGBT community. READ MORE.

Risky Business

It's difficult to believe that anyone can afford to say no. Our economy may be wobbling toward some semblance of stability, but the last eight years have been challenging for even the most savvy business people. And yet, that hasn't stopped some vendors from refusing to participate in the same-sex wedding industry. READ MORE.

Michigan 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.

Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case

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. READ MORE.

National Justice Thomas Objects To Court's Signal On Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama. READ MORE.

Michigan Snyder: Michigan Will Recognize 300 Same-Sex Marriages

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. READ MORE.

Nagging Questions Behind 6th Circuit Marriage Cases

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. READ MORE.

Gay Marriage Case May Affect Discrimination, Religion Bills

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. READ MORE.

Snyder: Michigan Will Recognize 300 Same-Sex Marriages

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. 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.

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.

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