Michigan Lawmaker Seeks to Recognize Marriage Equality

Associated Press
June 13, 2009
Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes wants to change state law to recognize marriage equality. The Democrat from Washtenaw County's Lyndon Township was scheduled to launch an effort to repeal marriage discrimination at the annual gay rights Michigan Pride event at the state Capitol on Saturday. "No doubt, it will be a fight," Byrnes said, "but we're seeing some attitudes change." [Link]

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Michigan voters shifting views on gay couples

Detroit Free Press
June 7, 2009
In what Glengariff Group pollster Richard Czuba describes as a seismic shift in public opinion, support for gay marriage has nearly doubled in Michigan since a similar poll in 2004. "Marriage equality is now where civil unions were five years ago," Czuba said. [Link]

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Conyers says he has votes to repeal Defense of Marriage Act

Michigan Messenger
May 19, 2009

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, said Saturday in an interview with Michigan Messenger that the votes are in place in the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Gay rights advocates have been working to get the law repealed as more states pass laws allowing same-sex couples to get married. (Link)

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Exclusion looks even dumber now

Detroit Free Press
July 18, 2008
As Michigan wages a mostly unsuccessful struggle to retain good jobs and well-educated workers, its policy of excluding gays (or exempting them from rights and privileges enjoyed by other citizens, which is the same thing) looks stupider with each passing day. [Link]

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Michigan court ruling puts gay people in a quandary

Washington Blade
May 15, 2008
Evan Wolfson said the court decision demonstrates how these amendments are “cruel and unfair and have no place in the laws of this country. The important thing for all us is to fight them to educate the public about why denying marriage and all other family protections is wrong,” he said. (Link)

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Benefits ruling stings same-sex couples

Daily Press & Argus
May 12, 2008
Michigan public employees discuss how the recent Michigan ruling to eliminate domestic partner benefits will negatively affect taxpayers. (Link)

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Mich. court condones misleading ballot tactics

The Detroit News
May 12, 2008

Deb Price discusses the misleading tactics used to pass the Michigan anti-marriage amendment which a Michigan court condoned with a ruling that said the amendment also outlawed domestic partner benefits for couples. (Link)

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Opinion: The wrong kind of message

Morning Sun
May 9, 2008

Eric Baerren discusses the misleading campaign of Proposition 2 in Michigan in 2004 which led to the passage of an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that claimed it wouldn’t affect partner benefits, but the Michigan Supreme Court just ruled the amendment indeed outlawed such benefits. (Link)

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MI high court says gay partners can’t get health benefits

Associated Press
May 7, 2008

An anti-marriage constitutional amendment prevents governments and universities in Michigan from providing health insurance to the partners of gay workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. (Link)

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Michigan ruling stirs advocates in Florida

Miami Herald
May 8, 2008

Opponents of an anti-marriage amendment in Florida point to a Michigan court decision against allowing health benefits for domestic partners as an example of what the proposed amendment in Florida will do to further discrimination and inequality. (Link)

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