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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.

Signorile Speaks On Future Of LGTB Activism

Gay rights activist, author and radio show host Michelangelo Signorile is not known for being a wallflower when it comes to LGBT equality issues. 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.

Obituary: Grace McClelland

Grace McClelland, former executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 16. McClelland, 57, was born in Camden, N.J. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School she studied law and criminal justice at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. and later did graduate work in psychology at California Coast University in Santa Ana, Calif. McClelland worked for over two decades in the non-profit arena often focusing on youth causes. 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.

Pushback: GOP Dominated Legislature, Marriage Equality And Mini-RFRAs

Lawmakers expect an affirmative ruling from the Supreme Court bringing marriage equality across the country, but they also expect a fierce movement to "chip away" at those rights by the state's Republican majority. READ MORE.

State Rep. Sponsors Bills To Aid Gender ID Changes On Michigan Driver's Licenses

State Rep. Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, introduced legislation June 18 that would create a process for individuals who need to change the gender marker on a driver's or chauffeur's license and a state-issued identification card. 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.

APM And HARC Merger Moves Forward

Following a trend that is affecting AIDS Service Organizations around the country, AIDS Partnership Michigan and HIVAIDS Resource Center decided to work toward a formal merger of their organizations on Jan. 1. READ MORE.

Gay Teacher: Gerry Crane's Story

Nearly two decades after the events around Gerry Crane's life, LGBT teachers remain at risk in many Michigan school districts and beyond, which is largely why a Grand Rapids attorney is writing a book about Gerry Crane titled, "Gay Teacher, A Story About Love, Hate Lessons Yet to be Learned." READ MORE.

Sexual Minority Young Adults At Higher Risk Of Suicide

A recent analysis conducted by a Central Michigan University professor has indicated that prejudice and discrimination can lead to health issues for LGBT young adults. READ MORE.

A Bad Day For Michigan's Families & Children

The Michigan League for Public Policy a statement on the House vote to eliminate the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Senate's approval of a package of bills allowing agencies to deny adoptive and foster placements based on religious beliefs. READ MORE.

New Documentary Tells Tragic Tale Of Murdered Transgender Teen

A new documentary, "Treasure: From Tragedy To Transjustice, Mapping A Detroit Story," by filmmaker dream hampton, revisits the gruesome tale of Shelly Hilliard's demise and the transphobia that contributed to her death. 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.

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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