Rick Pluta http://wfae.org en Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit http://wfae.org/post/same-sex-parenting-goes-trial-detroit Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial today in Detroit, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta is there. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 45806 at http://wfae.org Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned http://wfae.org/post/michigan-works-match-dropouts-degrees-already-earned There's a nationwide search underway to find former students who don't know they've already done all or most of the work needed to earn a credential that might help them land a better-paying job.<p>In Michigan, several hundred community college dropouts were recently surprised to learn they had enough credits to qualify for an associate degree. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:18:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 38740 at http://wfae.org Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case http://wfae.org/post/challenge-michigans-gay-marriage-ban-grows-adoption-case A federal judge in Michigan could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. The challenge comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases dealing with gay marriage later this month.<p>In the Michigan case, a lesbian couple sued not because they want to be married, but because they want to be parents.<p>Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer have been together 13 years. For all practical purposes, they consider themselves married to each other. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 22770 at http://wfae.org Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case Despite Protests, Michigan Passes Right-To-Work Bills http://wfae.org/post/despite-protests-michigan-passes-right-work-bills Michigan is now the nation's 24th right-to-work state, where unions cannot automatically collect dues or fees from workers. The governor signed the law just hours after it was approved by the state's legislature in a day marked by protests. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:58:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 17517 at http://wfae.org Mich. Voters Defeat 2 Organized Labor Ballot Issues http://wfae.org/post/mich-voters-defeat-2-organized-labor-ballot-issues Unions poured millions of dollars into ballot campaigns to guarantee collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution and allow state-paid home care assistants to organize into a union. Both were resoundingly defeated. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:51:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 15439 at http://wfae.org