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Politics & Government
12:39 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo

Michigan's first marriage licenses to same-sex couples were issued this weekend in Ingham and several other counties.
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The legal status of same-sex marriage here in Michigan was taken for quite the ride over the weekend. Late Friday afternoon, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s 2004 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. By Saturday afternoon, the clerks in four Michigan counties – Washtenaw, Muskegon, Oakland and Ingham – issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to put the ruling on hold was granted by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That temporary hold lasts until Wednesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Research on parenting to figure in federal same sex marriage trial

Conservatives are supporting research that they argue explains why a biological one man, one woman household is the optimal situation for a child.
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A federal judge in Detroit will hear opening arguments today on a case that could potentially overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. In 2012, two lesbian nurses sued Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette. The couple is raising three special needs children, but they cannot legally adopt them unless they are married.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ingham Clerk Byrum decries gay marriage delay, blasts AG

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum had hoped to issue marriage licenses to gay couples yesterday.

Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages remains in place. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman chose to hold a trial in February in the case in which a lesbian couple from Hazel Park is seeking to overturn the state’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and entering into joint adoptions.

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5:23 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Michigan Treasury says Same-Sex Spouses Have To File Separately

Michigan is asking same-sex couples married in states that allow it to file separate tax returns. That’s despite the fact that the federal government recognizes their relationships.

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4:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Efforts Underway To Be Ready If Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Paul Holland (left) and Austin Ashley (right) plan a commitment ceremony in September before headed to New York to be formally married. They say they’d get married in Michigan if the state’s same-sex marriage is struck down and gay weddings allowed by a federal judge.

Some county clerks are already planning what to do if a federal judge overturns Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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6:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Hearing Will Be October 1

A federal judge in Detroit has set an October first hearing date for a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and adoptions by same-sex couples.

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4:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Judge Orders Trial In challenge To Michigan Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge is allowing a legal challenge to Michigan adoption laws and its ban on same-sex marriage to go forward.

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2:18 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Michigan Ban On Partner Benefits

A federal judge has struck down a state law that prohibits public employers from offering health coverage and other benefits to the live-in partners of gay and lesbian employees.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Responses to SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and gay rights

Michigan is currently one of 38 states that prohibit same-sex marriage.
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Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.     

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4:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Won’t Immediately Affect Michigan

Michigan won’t see any immediate effects from Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Federal judge postpones ruling on gay marriage in Michigan

A federal judge in Detroit postponed his ruling on gay marriage in Michigan to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision, which will likely come out in June.  Penny Gardner, president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, offers her reaction.

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