"KALAMAZOO, MI - Eric Fanning, the newly confirmed Army secretary and the first openly gay leader of a military branch, has Michigan ties. Fanning, 47, was born in Kalamazoo. He attended the prestigious Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills but graduated from Centreville High School in Ohio." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)


(MPRN-Lansing) There was a spirited debate between lawmakers on a state House budget panel over a Republican effort to punish the state Board of Education.

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The Amazon program Transparent has received much attention for its portrayal of a man transitioning to a woman. But University of Michigan Professor Jonathan Freedman says it also tells a story of Jewish identity.   



A deli worker at a Kroger supermarket is filing an employment discrimination complaint against the company and her union. She says it’s because a jointly run health benefits fund refused to accept her wife after the two were legally married last year. 

"LANSING, MI - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed controversial legislation allowing adoption agencies to decline service to prospective parents on religious grounds. Three three-bill package, widely opposed by LGBT advocates, had reached his desk less than 24 hours earlier after approval in the Republican-led state Legislature." (MLive)