Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Expected Wednesday

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DETROIT — On Wednesday, a federal court is expected to announce its judgement on a case involving same-sex marriage in Michigan.

Many couples in West Michigan tell FOX 17 that extending marriage benefits to gay couples would help legitimize their relationships.

Bethany Rozeboom took part in a commitment ceremony with her partner in September. As a mother of two, she wants her relationship to be recognized for legal benefits through her partner’s employer, such as medical coverage.

“It hurts, and it makes me really sad, and sometimes really angry to feel like they still look at my past relationship with a man as somehow more significant and more valid than the present relationship now,” said Rozeboom.

Tom Richardson said that he’s been with his partner for 28 years, and he would like to be awarded benefits if his relationship was recognized as a legal marriage, , such as avoiding the estate tax.

“You invested all your lives together, and taxes could take it all away,” Richardson said. “So the concept of being able to be married would eliminate that worry,”

Opponents of same-sex marriage are concerned that allowing same sex marriage will ruin the structure of a traditional family.

“Marriage matters,” said Ryan Anderson with The Heritage Foundation. “Marriage exists to connect men and woman as husband and wife to be fathers and mothers to any children they produce. Kids need mom and dads, and marriage is the institution that provides a mother and father for a child.”

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman is scheduled to give his judgment summary Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

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3 comments

  • Guest

    Are you kidding me with this "traditional" marriage, mother father BS?! If you love someone then why can't they have the same rights as straight couples. They would be the ones adopting the children that these POS "mother and fathers" couldn't or just plain didn't want to take care so please tell me how that is sooo horrible. Seriously its 2013 people need to get the hell out of the dark days and realize that people arent going to conform to the way society wants them to, Grow up and get the hell over it!

    • Takide

      “Marriage exists to connect men and woman as husband and wife to be fathers and mothers to any children they produce. Kids need mom and dads, and marriage is the institution that provides a mother and father for a child.”

      According to this logic, Single mothers and fathers should not be allowed to keep their child.

  • Guest

    FOX- why exactly did you choose to use old footage of the local Stay at Home Dads group playing in the park with their kids, in this story. What exactly do SAHDs have to do with gay marriage. Do you always manipulate your footage to "enhance" your stories. Not real honest reporting.

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