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The marriage of Odawa tribesman Tim LaCroix to his spouse Gene Barfield on Friday marked the first legal same-sex marriage in Michigan. As Interlochen Public Radio reports the Odawa tribe is one of only three tribes to legalize gay marriage in the country.

Michigan governor Rick Snyder says a tax credit for low income residents is redundant. According to Interlochen Public Radio, state democrats want to revitalize the Earned Income Tax Credit, which has faced significant budget cuts in the past few years. But Snyder says residents with low wages already receive the credit.

Hearings to ban “biodiversity areas” in the state capitol will continue this week. Interlochen Public Radio reports that supporters of the legislation want to allow businesses to access public lands that serve as reserves for native plants and animals. Republican state Senator Tom Casperson says this would help create jobs and business opportunities.

A Republican state senator is sponsoring legislation that would only let health insurance companies pay for abortions if the individual purchases added coverage in advance.