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August 14, 2014

The Williams Institute has crunched the numbers and is suggesting that legalizing same-sex marriage in the state would result in an additional $53.2 million in spending in the state – generating jobs and tax revenue

The University of Southern California Los Angeles’ Williams Institute has conducted a study on the economic benefits that legalizing same-sex marriage would have for the US state of Michigan, and has calculated there would be extra spending in the state to the tune of $53.2 million if it were to do so.

Researchers used census data and figures on post legalizing same-sex marriage spending booms in other states to arrive at that figure.

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.

July 30, 2014

Court to hear six challenges to laws banning marriage equality in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee next week

The fight for marriage equality in the US will have a historic day next week (6 August) when a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in six different cases from four states.

Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, located in Ohio, is considering challenges to gay marriage bans in Kentucky (two cases), Michigan, Ohio (two cases), and Tennessee.

It will mark the fourth argument heard by a federal circuit court since the US Supreme Court’s decision last summer which struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 22, 2014

23-year-old Donovan Haynes, who told police he beat his daughter so that she would become a lesbian and avoid bad men like her, will spend at least 18 years and 9 months in prison over her death before being released

A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in an attempt to turn her off men has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 18 years and 9 months.

23-year-old Donovan Haynes pleaded no contest to a charge of second degree murder in what Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J Farah told the court was one of the worst things he had ever had to hear about in his time on the bench.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 20, 2014

A group of 25 retired Michigan Republicans has joined the challenge to that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, arguing that allowing same-sex couples to marry is consistent with Republican values and the spirit of the US Constitution

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General may have a harder time appealing a court decision to strike down his state’s ban on same-sex marriage after 25 retired lawmakers and leading figures from his own party joined the case in support of marriage equality.

June 18, 2014

A federal appeals court will rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in all four states covered by the US judicial Sixth Circuit in the last step for opponents short of taking the issue to the Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is set to rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee – deciding to hear all of the cases together.

Those four states make up the judicial Sixth Circuit – one of 13 such legal circuits across the United States.

A three judge panel will hear arguments in five cases from the four states from 6 August and is likely to rule on the issue before year’s end.

June 5, 2014

EJ Johnson: 'I don't know what it will take for parents to finally stop abandoning their kids just for being themselves'

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson says he is able to be a confident man today because he had parents who stood by him when he came out as a teenager.

'I had no idea what a rare gift that was,' EJ Johnson writes in a Huffington Post column published this week.

May 5, 2014

Contemporary sculpture in Michigan condemned by local pastor as an abomination, despite the figures being sexless

A US pastor has slammed a contemporary sculpture unveiled last month, claiming it depicts a gay sex orgy even though the figures are sexless.

Local pastor Rick Strawcutter in particular was outraged at the new sculpture erected in Michigan, called Human Blue Condition by artist Mark Chatterley.

It was unveiled on 21 April and placed next to the city commission chambers in the town of Adrian, Michigan.

The sculpture was removed shortly after, after several residents complained about what they perceived to be a sexual nature of the figures.

April 30, 2014

Former Michigan state Representative Lorence Wenke has announced he will run as a Libertarian Party candidate for the Michigan state Senate because he can no longer stand his party’s treatment of gay people

Lorence Wenke, who spent six years in the Michigan state House of Representatives as a Republican, has announced that he has switched political affiliations to the Libertarian Party and that he intends to run against his former party to try to win a state senate seat.

Wenke cited two reasons for leaving the party – the first being its treatment of gays and lesbians.

April 21, 2014

'It was as if there'd just been a referendum on me in network television, and the vote was a resounding no'

Kenneth M. Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? begins and ends with New York City dreaming.

April 15, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union wants state to recognize the 300-plus same-sex marriages that took place last month

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday (14 April) to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed in Michigan last month are recognized by the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.

April 5, 2014

Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General, has filed a request for an en banc hearing of his challenge against the federal ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette yesterday (Friday 4 April) filed a request for all 15 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judges to hear his challenge against the state’s gay marriage ban being ruled unconstitutional.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman last month found that the ban on same-sex marriages, approved by voters in 2004, was unconstitutional.

April 2, 2014

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage but he has condemned the far right nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network for trying to join him in doing so

A far right nationalist group is seeking to join the Michigan State Government’s efforts to defend that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying but the government would rather not have their help.

The Traditionalist Youth Network has filed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief with the Sixth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals which is hearing Michigan’s appeal to the striking down of it ban on same-sex marriage.

April 2, 2014

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage but he has condemned the far right nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network for trying to join him in doing so

A far right nationalist group is seeking to join the Michigan State Government’s efforts to defend that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying but the government would rather not have their help.

The Traditionalist Youth Network has filed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief with the Sixth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals which is hearing Michigan’s appeal to the striking down of it ban on same-sex marriage.

March 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder says couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before seeking federal benefits

US Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples wed last weekend in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.

Holder's announcement comes days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state would not recognize the marriages while there was a legal stay on last week's ruling by a federal judge which overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

March 26, 2014

Rick Snyder believes unions are 'legal and valid' but points to an appeals court stay of judge's ruling that struck down marriage ban

Governor Rick Snyder has announced that the marriages of same-sex couples wed in Michigan last weekend will not be recognized by the state - for now.

Hundreds of couples rushed to get married after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March). An appeals court on Saturday (22 March) granted the state's request for a stay of the ruling and put a halt to the marriages.

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.

March 22, 2014

'To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the district court’s judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday, March 26, 2014'

An appeals court has issued a stay on US District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling that Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

This means clerks in the Midwestern state must cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

March 22, 2014

'I figured in my lifetime it would happen'

Two lesbians who have been together for 27 years, became the first same-sex couple to marry in Michigan.

Today, at 8am, Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in Mason.

The couple, who hail from Lansing,  have been together for 27 years.

March 21, 2014

Judge: 'State defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people'

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.

The ruling on Friday (21 March) by US District Judge Bernard Friedman stems from a lawsuit filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

The couple contended that the ban violates the federal guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment to the constitution.

March 21, 2014

Judge: 'State defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people'

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.

The ruling on Friday (21 March) by US District Judge Bernard Friedman stems from a lawsuit filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

The couple contended that the ban violates the federal guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment to the constitution.