Michigan advocates assess LGBT landscape

Sep 5, 2013

The city of East Lansing is considering the establishment of a domestic partnership registry to more formally acknowledge gay and lesbian couples.
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Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that for taxation purposes, it would recognize all legally married couples, gay and straight.

That’s regardless of whether they live in a state that allows gay marriage or the 37 others, Michigan included, that still ban it. Current State spoke with two of the area’s outspoken advocates for marriage equality and LGBT rights to talk about these developments.  Emily Dievendorf is Managing Director of the group Equality Michigan, and Nathan Triplett is an East Lansing city council member and the city’s Mayor Pro-Tem. Dievendorf expects that further clarification of the definition of marriage will be needed.