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Michigan 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.

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.

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