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Michigan Michigan's SCOTUS Courtside Campers

Dozens of people have been camping out in front of the U.S. Supreme Court since Friday, enduring cold temperatures and rain, in order to ensure that they get a seat in the room when the high court hears testimony from supporters and opponents of marriage equality tomorrow morning.They began lining up at 6 a.m. on April 24, four days before the hearing. With 100 hours to go before the nine justices will hear arguments over the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage, Frank Colasonti Jr. and his husband Jim Ryder joined the queue of dedicated individuals in front of the courthouse. READ MORE.

MI Marriage Trial Video: James Toy reflects on Marriage Equality Hearings

James Toy, of the University of Michigan and a longtime LGBT advocate reflects on the meaning of the historic marriage equality hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court. Between The Lines caught up with Toy at a conference for clergy on preparing for marriage equality in East Lansing on April 27. Click to view video: READ MORE.

National Quick Guide To Supreme Court Arguments

When the Supreme Court of the United States hears arguments Tuesday about marriage for same-sex couples, there is much more on the line than whether states can ban the licensing and recognition of marriage for same-sex couples. The court could also decide what level of judicial scrutiny must be applied to laws that seek to disadvantage LGBT people. READ MORE.

Creep of the Week: Scott Walker

If you've gotten an invitation to a wedding and thought to yourself, "Ugh. These people. I totally don't think they should be getting married, and if I could stop it I would. I'm not going to that!" that then you are a terrible person, and it's highly possible your name is Scott Walker. READ MORE.

Op-Ed: Mary Bonauto Is The Supreme Court Hero We Need And Deserve

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson explains why there's no one better to represent us at the high court than his friend Mary Bonauto. READ MORE.

Viewpoint: Parents Moving Marriage Forward

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on marriage equality on April 28 -- which has gotten me thinking about my own twisty road to marriage and the importance of parents in moving equality forward. READ MORE.

Political Hors Doeuvres
Gamrat Gets Barred While Schuette Hurts Those Behind Bars

State Rep. Cindy Gamrat gets barred from caucus indefinitely and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is failing to be "voice" of victims of rape in prison. READ MORE.

Is GoFundMe The New Welfare For Anti-Gay Corporations?

From the community that gave us the delightful ignorance of Dave Agema, the former state representative and current GOP national committeeman from Michigan, now we have a mechanic who has announced he won't provide service to "openly gay people." READ MORE.

Business Spotlight Recruiters Pursuing Diversity

Thirty-five corporate leaders of Michigan's top businesses, including the State Department, came together in the first LGBT Career Fair hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hundreds of job seekers attended the LGBT Career Fair held March 5. Many of them were seeking accepting and progressive attitudes in future employers in a state known for its anti-LGBT measures. READ MORE.

Special Section: World AIDS Day
Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

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