SCOTUS Says Gays Have Fundamental Right to Marriage Equality

SCOTUS Grants Marriage EqualityThe decision that thousands of Michigan couples have been waiting for for months, even years, has finally arrived. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marriage equality. Here’s a look at the decision. (more…)

Review: Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Cases

Supreme Court hears gay marriageIt’s been all over the news: on Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard cases that could legalize gay marriage nationwide. There won’t be a ruling until June, but the question for every LGBT advocate is, “What will they decide?” (more…)

TOMORROW: Gay Marriage Goes to the Supreme Court

Gay marriage goes to the Supreme CourtTomorrow is the big day – the day when Michigan lawyers and advocates will head to the Supreme Court to make the case for (and against) gay marriage. But even as the Court weighs the future of gay marriage, legislators back home are finding new ways to make life hard for LGBT families. (more…)

The CW’s “The Flash” Stands Up For LGBT Equality (SPOILERS)

The Flash Stands Up for Marriage EqualityOne short, powerful scene in a recent episode of the CW’s “The Flash” says a lot about the importance of LGBT equality, and not just at the wedding altar. (This post will be discussing the episode, so there may be SPOILERS.) (more…)

UPDATED: Michigan Sends Mixed Messages on Adoption

Could Michigan's New Adoption Laws Disrupt Your Family?If you are considering adoption in 2015, get ready for a bumpy ride. New legislation coming down the pipe could leave many families more confused about their rights, not less. (more…)

Federal Bill Would Protect LGBT Students Against Bullying

New Bill could protect against LGBT bullyingLast week, Representative Jared Polis introduced the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill, if passed would protect LGBT students against bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity by tying protection to federal school funding. (more…)

Michigan LGBT Civil Rights Debate Heats Up – Again

LGBT Civil Rights in 20152014 was a busy year for LGBT Civil Rights. With two lawsuits for gay marriage and bills to amend Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, advocates had their work cut out for them. December didn’t end the battle. 2015 promises to heat up the LGBT Civil Rights debate – again. (more…)

US Supreme Court to Hear Michigan Gay Marriage Case

Supreme Court grants cert to gay marriage casesThe word came down on January 16, 2014: the US Supreme Court had granted certiorari to four gay marriage cases on appeal from the 6th Circuit. But what does that mean for couples? And could the Court’s order hint at its eventual ruling? (more…)

UPDATED: Federal Court Upholds 300+ Michigan Gay Marriages

Federal Court Upholds Michigan Gay MarriagesIn March 2014, gay marriage was legal in Michigan for just about 24 hours. That day, 300+ couples hurried to get married before the Court of Appeals issued a stay on the lower court decision. Now another judge has ruled that those marriages were valid and must be recognized. (more…)

Michigan’s RFRA and Adoption Agencies Bills OK Discrimination

Michigan House Bills OK DiscriminationIn the past week, the Michigan House of Representatives has approved 4 different bills, each of which allows discrimination and refusal of service to anyone based on the religious beliefs of the one serving. Many believe that this is a veiled attempt to OK discrimination against the LGBT community. And it may well be. But these bills, if passed by the state senate, will be so much worse than that. (more…)