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ACLU challenges Michigan ID policy on behalf of transgender individuals
May 22, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for transgender individuals to change the....... [more]

Portions of Michigan sex offender registry law deemed unconstitutional
April 7, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay at least 1,000 feet away from....... [more]

Michigan deaf prisoners file civil rights lawsuit
April 1, 2015
The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners alleging that the state and prison officials had failed to adequately accommodate the prisoners' heightened communication needs. The complaint, filed in the US District Court....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in EPA case
March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably re....... [more]

The States and Same-Sex Marriage
February 7, 2015
02/04/2015: Michigan announced it would not appeal same-sex marriage recognition ruling 02/04/2015: Eleventh Circuit suspended same-sex marriage appeals 01/20/2015: Federal judge placed North Dakota same-sex marriage case on hold 01/16/2015: Supreme Court granted ceritorari in same-sex marria....... [more]

Post-Windsor Decisions in the Federal Courts
February 7, 2015
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legali....... [more]

Michigan will not appeal same-sex marriage recognition ruling
February 5, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that his state will not challenge a decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordering the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March. The couples wed on March 22, a day after US District Judge Bern....... [more]

Michigan Must Recognize "Stay Window" Marriages
January 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michiga....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
January 16, 2015
The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans in those states. The court limited the petitions to the follo....... [more]

Federal judge orders Michigan to recognize 323 same-sex marriages
January 16, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday issued a preliminary order forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the Michigan ban on same....... [more]

Michigan governor vetoes gun legislation
January 16, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure from....... [more]




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