A coalition of business leaders and others has been lobbying to add legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a way to attract talent to Michigan.
It is still legal in Michigan to discriminate against people who are even perceived to be gay and even be fired, denied housing and turned away from a restaurant or hotel.
For every dollar a man makes in Michigan, a woman makes 74 cents, according to a study.
Many who supported Obama in 2008 did so because they believed that he would help black Americans. The criticism four years later is that having a black president in the White House hasn’t helped African Americans at all.