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Michigan Pro And Anti-LGBT Activists Hit Capitol Steps

As the Tuesday Supreme Court hearings neared, anti-gay activists vehemently opposed to marriage equality were ramping up in preparation for any ruling which would allow same-sex marriage to become the law of the land. READ MORE.

Legislators Call For Legal Protections For LGBT Michiganders

Members of the Michigan House and Senate Democratic caucuses Wednesday urged an update to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) that will protect Michiganders from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Placing LGBT Michiganders under the protections of the ELCRA gives LGBT citizens the same protections that already exist for Michiganders on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight or marital status. 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.

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.

State Senate Committee Passes Adoption Discrimination Bills

A Michigan Senate Committee has approved, on a party line vote, a three bill package opponents say would codify discrimination by adoption agencies. 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.

GOP Senate Source: MiRFRA Will Have Hearing Tuesday April 28, No Vote Expected

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, chair of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee, has confirmed with Between The Lines that the controversial Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MiRFRA) -- introduced as SB 4 by GOP Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake -- will receive a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday, April 28. A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal GOP political strategy discussions, says the committee will accept only written testimony, and the committee will adjourn with no vote. READ MORE.

Oakland University To Offer Gender Studies Minor

Oakland University will offer an LGBT studies minor this fall. READ MORE.

Michigan Womyn's Fest Says 2015 Is Last Year

Two weeks after national LGBT rights organizations pulled their names from a petition calling for a ban on the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (Michfest), founder Lisa Vogel announced the festival will be coming to an end. The 40th and final Michigan Womyn's Music Festival will be held in August of this year. Since its start in 1976, the festival was built, staffed, attended and run entirely by women but has been at the center of controversy for its exclusion of transgender women. READ MORE.

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.

Advocates And Academics Advance Equality At Inaugural 'Research To Action' Conference

Eastern Michigan University's Equality Research Center will host its Equality Research to Action Conference 2015, the first LGBT research conference bringing academics and advocates together to advance equality. READ MORE.

National Organizations Pull Support From Michfest Petition

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force both withdrew their support for the petition that seeks to end the "womyn-born-womyn" intention at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. READ MORE.

Obituary: Marvin Marks

Longtime LGBT activist in metro Detroit, Marvin Marks, has passed away. READ MORE.

New Case Study to Michigan Lawmakers: 'Don't Repeat The Mistakes Of Indiana'

A new case study is being sent by the Human Rights Commission to Michigan lawmakers urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills. 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.

Emily Dievendorf Announces Campaign For Lansing City Council

Lansing resident Emily Dievendorf announced April 21 that she will be running for an At-Large seat on the Lansing City Council. Dievendorf is the former Executive Director of Equality Michigan, a statewide organization that has worked with cities like Lansing to pass non-discrimination ordinances and promote equality for LGBT residents. READ MORE.

Anti-Gay Company Has Lapsed Michigan Mechanic's License

Brian Klawiter, the Grandville business owner at the center of a firestorm of controversy because of his Facebook post that he would deny service to openly gay people, has not been a legally licensed mechanic in Michigan since Oct. 12, 2014. READ MORE.

Controversial Anti-LGBT Mechanic Has Checkered Past

The Grandville, Michigan mechanic making controversial waves has a checkered past. 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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