Freedom To Marry

The gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide

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Michigan

In 2004, as discriminatory constitutional amendments were pushed in numerous states throughout the nation, Michigan citizens voted for an anti-marriage and anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment which passed and wrote discrimination into Michigan's constitution. This discriminatory amendment was used to take away even more from families when Michigan's public colleges and universities were barred from offering health and other benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of employees. State advocacy groups are working to both repeal such discrimination and end the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage.

WHERE YOU CAN GO TO GET INVOLVED OR LEARN MORE:

Michigan Equality
Michigan Equality is a statewide organization dedicated to building and using political power to promote equality and eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Triangle Foundation
Triangle Foundation is Michigan's leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and allied communities.

ACLU-Michigan: Gay & Lesbian Rights
The mission of the ACLU of Michigan is to enforce the Bill of Rights and advance its principles. Through a variety of public education programs, our legislative program, based in Lansing, and our litigation program, supported almost entirely by volunteer attorneys, the ACLU is the premier civil rights organization in the country.

Protect Our Families: Michigan
This web site has been created by ACLU of Michigan, the Michigan Consortium of Higher Education GLBT Centers, Michigan Equality and Triangle Foundation — with generous support from The Arcus Gay and Lesbian Fund — to provide education and opportunities to take action on protecting families in Michigan.

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LEGISLATIVE STATUS IN MICHIGAN:

Your Community—Michigan
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
HRC presents resources, news, and the current marriage and relationship recognition laws in each state.

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PUBLICATIONS:

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey
Williams Institute
November 2007

Gary Gates at the Williams Institute released groundbreaking research on the geographic trends among same-sex couples. The report finds the biggest increases in Southern and Mountain states and states barring legal acceptance of same-sex couples had larger percentage increases in same-sex couples from 2000 to 2006.

Michigan Census Snapshot
Williams Institute
November 2007

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Michigan.

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NEWS:

View news about the fight for the freedom to marry in Michigan.

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Michigan Equality Events


Triangle Foundation Events


Michigan Census Snapshot

Williams Institute
September 2007
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Michigan.

The Marriage Basics

Start in The Marriage Basics to get short answers to your big questions about the freedom to marry, and learn more about the protections and responsibilities of marriage, the historical background for this civil rights movement, why separate is not equal, and so much more.