Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
Feb. 14, 2003 – Affirmations kicks off their domestic partner registry program. The day serves as a call to action for same-sex couples in the state against Michigan’s Defense of Marriage Act.
February 2003 – Nikki Nicholas, a transgender woman, was found dead in a Green Oak Township farm house, the victim of murder by gunshot.
April 2003 – The Ruth Ellis Center receives $1 million in federal funds to create a transitional living residence for LGBT teens.
April 9, 2003 – Gov. Jennifer Granholm makes the first pro-LGBT proclamation in Michigan history when she proclaims this day as the LGBT “Day of Silence” in Michigan schools.
June 2003 – Grace McClelland is hired as the first executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center
June 2003 – An Ontario court rules that the country’s definition of marriage is unconstitutional and Toronto begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The move eventually leads to full marriage equality in Canada.
October 2003 – Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-DeWitt) introduces legislation to amend the Michigan constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the state. The move draws protests from around the state, including nearly 300 supporters of LGBT rights at the Lapeer County Courthouse.
Dec. 24, 2003 – Governor Jennifer Granholm extends discrimination protections to LGBT state employees.