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…)

6th Circuit Judges Won’t Rule for Marriage Equality, But They Might Vote For It

6th Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage BansLate on Thursday, November 6th, 2014, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals made history by being the first court of appeals to uphold a gay marriage ban since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. The decision may force the Supreme Court to decide the issue sooner than it would have liked. (more…)

Your Vote Tomorrow Could Change Marriage Equality

file0001083121666The President may not be up for a vote, but with governors, representatives, and judges on the ballot, tomorrow’s election could change the climate of marriage equality in Michigan. Find out where they stand and then look up where to vote before the polls open in the morning. (more…)

Should Surrogacy be Legal?

Should Surrogacy be Legal in Michigan?Is surrogacy like prostitution? Should it be regulated or does it inherently exploit the surrogate mother? Should Michigan change its law banning surrogacy for compensation? Check out the arguments and then weigh in for yourself. (more…)

The History and Future of Marriage Equality (With Maps)

The map of marriage equality in the U.S. is changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up. The Supreme Court denied certiorari (hearings) to the 5 states before it on Monday, October 6 2014, and the 9th Circuit struck down the bans in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. That brings the total number of states where gay marriage is now or will soon be legal to 35. Here’s how we got there. (more…)

A Constitutional Right to Makeup?

A Constitutional Right to Makeup?What if someone told you to remove your makeup before a photo? Would you do it? What if that person was issuing your driver’s license? That was what happened to Chase Culpepper, 16-year-old new driver in South Carolina. But could Chase’s objection be a constitutional violation? (more…)

2 Rulings, 1 Week: A Summary of the Gay Marriage Debate

7th Circuit, Louisiana rule on gay marriageThe last week has been busy for gay marriage advocates. On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, a federal district court judge in Louisiana became the first since US v. Windsor, to uphold a gay marriage ban. The very next day, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s bans. The two opinions provide a clear review of the debate. (more…)

While Michigan Waits, 7th Circuit Hammers Gay Marriage Ban

7th Circuit hears gay marriage cases, gives advocates reason to cheerIt as a good day for marriage equality last Thursday, August 28, 2014. Judges in the 7th Circuit put Illinois’ Solicitor General through his paces, demanding a factual basis for the state’s same-sex marriage ban. (more…)