Same-sex marriage[ edit ] On January 23, , a lesbian couple filed a lawsuit, DeBoer v. Snyder in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan , challenging the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples in order to jointly adopt their children.
On March 21, , U. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Federal Government will recognize the same-sex marriages performed on March Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have a nationwide right to marry, legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States , and Michigan.
Domestic partnerships[ edit ] Map of Michigan counties and cities that offer domestic partner benefits either county-wide or in particular cities.
City offers domestic partner benefits County-wide partner benefits through domestic partnership County or city does not offer domestic partner benefits The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional amendment forbidding recognition of same-sex relationships meant that public employers in Michigan could not legally grant domestic partnership benefits to their employees.
A law in effect since December banned most public employers, though not colleges and universities, from offering health benefits to the domestic partners of their employees. It did not extend to workers whose benefits are established by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. On June 28, , U. District Judge David M. Lawson issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from enforcing its law banning local governments and school districts from offering health benefits to their employees' domestic partners.
Snyder that Michigan's restrictions on domestic partnership benefits were not related to a legitimate government purpose. He distinguished his ruling from the Sixth Circuit's ruling in DeBoer: It is quite another to say that a state may adopt a narrow definition of family, and pass laws that penalize those unions and households that do not conform.
However, at least one other state court has ruled that unmarried individuals may not jointly petition to adopt. Snyder in federal court in January seeking to have the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples overturned.
Landon that the state's courts have jurisdiction to grant second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples. Supreme Court's ruling striking down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, Michigan courts have been granting adoption rights to same-sex couples. The order only covers employees of the state of Michigan and does not cover public sector employees of county, school, or local-level governments.
On March 14, , the Michigan Senate passed, by a vote, an emergency harbor dredging funding bill that made private marinas ineligible for a new loan program if they discriminate based on sexual orientation. On March 20, , the Michigan House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of On March 27, , Governor Rick Snyder signed an emergency harbor dredging funding bill that made private marinas ineligible for a new loan program if they discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Ingham , Washtenaw , and Wayne counties also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in government employment. The Commission voted to interpret existing anti-discrimination laws as including sexual orientation and gender identity.
It began processing complaints of discrimination on May This decision effectively means that LGBT discrimination is now illegal under state law. Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman, began working for a funeral home and presented as male.
In , she told her boss that she had a gender identity disorder and planned to transition.