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May 19, 2015

Jack Monroe managed to take the controversial Sun columnist down

Britain's controversy-mongerer Katie Hopkins is known for being ready to face off with absolutely anyone.

But when she accused lesbian cook and columnist Jack Monroe of defacing war memorials, that was a big mistake.

Writing on Twitter, Hopkins messaged Monroe: 'Scrawled on any memorials recently? Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom. Grandma got any more medals?'

The tweet has since been deleted.

May 12, 2015

'Thank your mom today for not being gay'

An anti-gay Mother’s Day protester got a slushie thrown at her while giving an interview to a local TV station.

Christine Weick stood at a busy intersection in Grandville, Michigan on Sunday (11 May), holding a sign that read: 'Thank your mom today for not being gay.'

While WOOD TV interviewed her, a woman named Jessica Prince dumped a slushie on her.

May 8, 2015

Recent alumnus and openly gay basketball player says he is 'ashamed, disgusted and angry' at the campus wide sent email

An American college chaplain’s email asking people to pray against marriage equality has sparked outrage after it was made public.

Peter Beckwith, chaplain and religion lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and the alumni warning them about same-sex marriage and asking them to pray against it.

‘Ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote”,’ he wrote.

May 8, 2015

Recent alumnus and openly gay basketball player says he is 'ashamed, disgusted and angry' at the campus wide sent email

An American college chaplain’s email asking people to pray against marriage equality has sparked outrage after it was made public.

Peter Beckwith, chaplain and religion lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and the alumni warning them about same-sex marriage and asking them to pray against it.

‘Ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote”,’ he wrote.

April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 26, 2015

'...I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court wades into public policy like this'

Same-sex marriage opponent Tony Perkins will continue the battle against LGBTI couples, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides.

The president of the anti-gay Family Research Council was a guest on today's (26 April) CBS News show Face the Nation.

April 16, 2015

'Homosexuality is wrong. If you want to argue this fact then I'll put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works'

The owner of an auto shop in Grandville, Michigan has said he will give discounts to customers who bring guns into his store but will not hestitate to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Brian Klawiter made the comments Tuesday (14 April) on Dieseltec's Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

'I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business,' he wrote.

March 26, 2015

Speaking out at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism

A travel researcher has spoken out against the same-sex marriage ban in Michigan, saying it is harming tourism to the state.

Speaking at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism, Thomas Roth said: 'Whatever percentage of Michigan's business now is weddings, it could be increased by including LGBTIs. Certainly within the state but those who have family here, etc. I think that there's a lot of opportunity.'

March 26, 2015

Claims policy 'enables sexual harassment and endangers women and kids'

A Michigan woman is suing a gym over its trans-friendly locker room policy.

Yvette Cormier, 48, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages after Planet Fitness canceled her membership for complaining to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

The gym's non-discrimination policy states that 'members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.'

March 25, 2015

LGBTI families 'waiting for someone to invite them' to destinations, he adds

A travel expert has implored destinations in the US state of Michigan to reach out to LGBTI families – saying 'they are waiting for someone to invite them.'

Thomas Roth, founder of Community Marketing Inc. (CMI) – a company that researches LGBTI marketplace intelligence – was speaking at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism earlier this week, about his company's survey of 45,000 LGBTI people.

It found that 39% of respondents spend more at LGBTI-friendly destinations.

March 16, 2015

Comment sparks protests outside his church

A Michigan pastor has sparked protests after he compared LGBTI people to ax murderers.

Clint Echols, pastor of First Baptist Church in Zeeland, framed homosexuality as 'lifestyle choice' that could be made at any moment in life.

'They say "oh wait a second, I’m gay, I’m bisexual, I want to change my gender." And that’s being true to themselves and being true to their internal compass,' he said during a 1 March sermon.

March 12, 2015

Michigan school says the LGBTI charity 'conflicts' with its mission

A Christian university in Michigan has canceled a bake sale in aid of homeless LGBTI youth.

Andrews University (AU) said the charity Project Fierce Chicago 'conflicts' with the private Seventh Day Adventist school's mission.

The organizer of the sale, Eliel Cruz, said AU excluded the school's unofficial LGBTI group Aull4One 'on all channels.'

March 11, 2015

Planet Fitness says she violated its 'no-judgement policy'

A Planet Fitness in Michigan has canceled the membership of a woman who complained to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

Yvette Cormier, 48, said she was 'stunned and shocked' and complained to the front desk and corporate offices on Saturday 28 February.

'They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that's the sex he wants to be,' she told WNEM.

March 6, 2015

A total of 379 businesses – many of which are household names – signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favour of allowing same-sex marriage across all states in the US

The US Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

March 5, 2015

Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio cases expected to settle marriage equality issue for the nation

The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

The high court will hear cases where federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015.

February 19, 2015

Claims God gave her the free choice to not look after the young patient

A doctor will not look after a six-day-old baby because she has lesbian parents.

Krista and Jamie Contreras, from Michigan, has said Dr Vesna Roi had initially agreed to be the pediatrician to their daughter Bay.

But they were dumbfounded when they received a letter from the doctor, saying after 'much prayer', Roi had a change of heart.

The couple had went to Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville to get a check up for Bay, and were told another doctor would have to see their daughter.

February 17, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Pandora Boxx has undoubtedly been one of the stars to emerge from the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 14, 2015

Close to half of Americans know a gay couple who has been married

A study sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign shows a majority of US voters are for gay marriage.

January 16, 2015

High court has agreed to hear same-sex marriage cases from four states

The US Supreme Court on Friday (16 January) agreed to take on same-sex marriage cases from four states in order to rule on gay marriage nationwide.

The high court will hear cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were revered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Last October, the justices passed on reviewing five other marriage cases which had pro-marriage decisions from federal appellate courts.

January 15, 2015

Licenses were issues to same-sex couples during brief legal window in March

A federal judge ruled on Thursday (15 January) that Michigan must recognize the same-sex marriages of more than 300 couples who got married in the state last March.

US District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith (pictured) wrote in his opinion: 'Delaying judicial resolution of these issues would serve no useful purpose. To the contrary, such delay would compound the harms these Plaintiffs suffer each day that their marital status remains unrecognized.'

January 14, 2015

'Shirvell's conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias'

A court has found a former Michigan state's lawyer one-man campaign against an out college student does not fall under First Amendment protection.

Last week the Michigan appeals court ruled against Andrew Shirvell. The former state assistant attorney general was fired in 2010 for harassing the student body president of the University of Michigan, who happened to be gay.

January 14, 2015

'Shirvell's conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias'

A court has found a former Michigan state's lawyer one-man campaign against an out college student does not fall under First Amendment protection.

Last week the Michigan appeals court ruled against Andrew Shirvell. The former state assistant attorney general was fired in 2010 for harassing the student body president of the University of Michigan, who happened to be gay.

January 10, 2015

Justices met privately Friday to discuss cases including marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The US Supreme Court met in conference on Friday (9 January) to discuss upcoming cases but made no announcement about whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court is considering hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The justices declined to take on any same-sex marriage cases last year in which defendants appealed circuit court of appeals rulings upholding the striking down of marriage bans.