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Federal appeals court extends stay on ruling against Michigan’s marriage equality ban

By David Bailey (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge’s ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan’s…

Ruling to strike down Michigan gay marriage ban put on temporary hold

By Rebecca Cook PONTIAC, Michigan (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Saturday placed a temporary hold on a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, a move that followed hastily arranged and joyful wedding ceremonies in the state. The decision by the U.S. Court of…

Michigan clerks marry same-sex couples after judge strikes down ban

Officials in several Michigan counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in hastily arranged and joyful ceremonies on Saturday, a day after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on allowing gay couples to wed. At least 50 people had lined up in the Oakland County clerk’s office…

Michigan students could get free college tuition under innovative new measure

Students in Michigan could receive free college tuition in exchange for a fixed percentage of their future income under a new proposal under consideration by lawmakers. More than 20 states are studying similar proposals, reported the Detroit Free Press, but the Michigan bill would set up a pilot program. Under…

Michigan same-sex marriage ban focus of federal trial opening Tuesday

Michigan’s ban on gay marriage goes on trial Tuesday in a federal court challenge brought by a same-sex couple from suburban Detroit who were barred from marrying or from adopting each other’s children. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse had sued the state initially over Michigan’s adoption law and later expanded…

Indiana police catch Michigan murderer who fled jail, kidnapped woman

A convicted murderer who escaped from prison, then kidnapped a woman whom he held hostage in her car for hours, has been recaptured, authorities in Michigan said. Michael David Elliot, 40, was serving life in prison in the state of Michigan for the……

Tea party radio host misses felony court date because he was in jail for extortion and drugs

A Michigan tea party activist missed a scheduled court appearance in Wisconsin because he spent Thanksgiving weekend in jail on felony charges in the Upper Peninsula. Doug Sedenquist was arrested last week and charged with extortion, using a computer to commit a crime, aggravated stalking and possession of a drug…

Michigan man misses at suicide attempt and fatally shoots woman instead

A Michigan woman is dead after a man attempted to kill himself and accidentally shot her instead, according to Traverse City police. Television station UpNorthLive reported that police responded to a 9-1-1 call at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. A 33-year-old male told dispatchers that his failed suicide attempt…

Michigan 4-year-old fatally shoots himself in the head

A 4-year-old boy died in Michigan on Sunday evening after obtaining a handgun and shooting himself in the head, according to police. Dundee police responded at around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday to a 911 call reporting that a child had shot himself. Personnel from the Monroe County Ambulance and Dundee…

Ways & Means Committee chair Camp will not run for open Senate seat

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. Representative David Camp said on Friday he would not run for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014 despite pleas from fellow Republicans that he would be the strongest candidate for the party. Camp, chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of…

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