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On December 23, 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination state-level public sector employment on the basis of sexual orientation.
The order only covers employees of the state of Michigan and does not cover public sector employees of county, school, or local-level governments.
This executive order was kept under Governor Rick Snyder.
On March 14, 2013, the Michigan Senate passed, by a 37-0 vote, an emergency harbor dredging funding bill that made private marinas ineligible for a new loan program if they discriminate based on sexual orientation.
In December 2012, the Michigan Court of Appeals, an intermediate-level court, ruled in Usitalo v.
Landon that the state's courts have jurisdiction to grant second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples.
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is not explicitly banned within state law.
However, a ruling of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and a decision of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission have ensured that members of the LGBT community are not discriminated against and are protected in the eyes of the law. East Lansing and Ann Arbor were the first cities in the United States to pass LGBT discrimination protections, doing so in 1972.
A law in effect since December 2011 banned most public employers, though not colleges and universities, from offering health benefits to the domestic partners of their employees. He made that injunction permanent on November 12, 2014, when he ruled in Bassett v.The Michigan Department of Civil Rights began processing complaints of discrimination on May 22.This decision effectively means that LGBT discrimination is now illegal under state law.It did not extend to workers whose benefits are established by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. Snyder that Michigan's restrictions on domestic partnership benefits were not related to a legitimate government purpose.He distinguished his ruling from the Sixth Circuit's ruling in De Boer: "It is one thing to say [as in De Boer] that states may cleave to the traditional definition of marriage as a means of encouraging biologically complimentary couples to stay together and raise the offspring they produce....