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Michigan Michigan House Passes Adoption Discrimination Bills

LANSING -- In a series of 65 to 44 votes, the Michigan House has approved a three bill package to allow discrimination by adoption agencies which receive state funding. The bills are part of a growing "religious liberty" movement found both here in Michigan and across the U.S. READ MORE.

Ally In Focus: More Than A Pharmacist

REDFORD - Darnell Jones, a pharmacist from Redford, was honored as the Community Pharmacist of the Year at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention Exposition held last month. READ MORE.

Transgender Questions Lead To CATA Policy Change

Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. READ MORE.

Same-Sex Couples Married In Michigan Celebrate Anniversaries

DETROIT - Families and friends gathered Sunday in four Michigan counties to celebrate the anniversary of over 300 same-sex couples who wed last year during a brief legal window as a result of a challenge to Michigan's 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriages. READ MORE.

Michigan Civil Rights Panel Endorses Model Non-Discrimination Ordinance

FARMINGTON HILLS - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance model that will add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes under municipality law. READ MORE.

Bringing Pride To Hockeytown

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings are teaming up with the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce (DRLGBTCC) to offer a night out to support the local LGBT community. READ MORE.

REC Announces New Program Director

HIGHLAND PARK - The Ruth Ellis Center, a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, announced March 17 the nomination of the new program director. READ MORE.

AIDS Partnership Michigan And HIV/AIDS Resource Center Announce Merger

In order to strengthen the response to HIV in Southeast Michigan, AIDS Partnership Michigan and the HIV/AIDS Resource Center have merged their organizations. Building on a history of collaboration and excellence, the merger of APM and HARC will ensure the sustainability of comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and care in their now 10-county area. 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.

National Progress On Marriage Equality

In the past year the United States has seen a large shift in marriage equality and the momentum isn't letting up - it's only getting stronger. This time last year 17 states had legalized same-sex marriage compared with 37 states today. READ MORE.

Affirmations' Black Tie Gala Debuts New Executive Director

Now in its 16th running, Affirmations will hosts its annual spring bash this year under the theme "Enchanted -- a celebration of new beginnings and the promise of wonderful things to come." READ MORE.

Live Music And Limber Legs For An LGBT Cause

In order to support the National Marriage Challenge, Ann Arbor's Necto will be hosting a variety show and fundraising event, "S.C.O.T.U.S or BUST!" presented by the Jim Toy Community Center and other community members. READ MORE.

Defining the Post-Marriage LGBT Equality Movement

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments on four marriage cases in April and issue a decision by the end of June, LGBT activists are beginning to forge a new agenda for the post marriage world. READ MORE.

Recruiters Pursuing Diversity

Thirty-five corporate leaders of Michigan's top businesses, including the State Department, came together in the first LGBT Career Fair hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hundreds of job seekers attended the LGBT Career Fair held March 5. Many of them were seeking accepting and progressive attitudes in future employers in a state known for its anti-LGBT measures. READ MORE.

Same-Sex Marriages: One Year Later

In honor of the one year anniversary of Judge Bernard Friedman's overturning of the Michigan same-sex marriage ban, various venues throughout the state will host gatherings. READ MORE.

Sixth Annual Transgender Day Of Visibility

Executive Director of Transgender Michigan, Rachel Crandall, started the International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) in 2009 when she noticed that the major holidays honoring trans identities were all centered around remembrance and calling out injustice. READ MORE.

Planet Fitness Defends Trans Rights

MIDLAND - Planet Fitness has made top headlines this past week after a woman from Midland vehemently spoke up about her issues with a trans woman using the locker facility Feb. 28. After days of complaining, the corporate offices of Planet Fitness called to discuss the atmosphere she was creating at the Midland location. READ MORE.

Obituary: Malcolm Boyd

Rev. Malcolm Boyd was many things. He was a freedom rider who marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the Deep South. He was the author of over two dozen books and collections of poetry and prayers, including the 1965 bestseller, "Are You Running With Me Jesus?" And, eventually, he was an openly gay Episcopal priest at the time when such a thing was virtually unheard of. Boyd died in Los Angeles on Feb. 27 from complications of pneumonia. He was 91. READ MORE.

SCOTUS Sets Date For Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled oral arguments to determine the constitutionality of marriage equality. Legal teams from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee will present their arguments before the high court on April 28. This landmark decision will determine if thousands of families will be recognized by state law and granted further equality compared to their heterosexual counterparts. READ MORE.

BREAKING: State House Committee Tells Kids Awaiting Placement Their Needs Don't Matter

In a series of party line votes Wednesday morning, Republicans on the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, five Republican members of the committee passed House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190 over the objections of the committee's three Democrats. The bills are now on their way to the House floor for action. 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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