Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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MICHIGAN (March 21, 2014)– U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman Friday struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

In a 31-page ruling, Friedman declares the ban unconstitutional because it violates “the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Less than an hour after the ruling was reported, Attorney General Bill Schuette released a statement saying his office was seeking an emergency stay and appeal of the federal ruling.

“In 2004 the citizens of Michigan recognized that diversity in parenting is best for kids and families because moms and dads are not interchangeable,” he said in a release.  “Michigan voters enshrined that decision in our state constitution, and their will should stand and be respected. ”

Following Friedman’s ruling, Michigan became the 18th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

Those other states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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    • Constitution

      If the vote is unconstitutional then it should count for nothing. There used to be a time when people in the south voted for segregation. That was struck down for being unconstitutional.

      • No PC 4 Me

        really ? is that why it took X number of years to find a judge that sided with the cause ?

        Why do you think the activists have avoided ( like the plague) putting the issue BACK on the ballot ?

        We can argue for days but the bottom line hasn't changed , the vote, the will of the people, one voice-one vote has been desecrated .

        What none of the pro homosexual marriage people understand, or are willing to accept is the slippery slope they have just embraced because they agree with the outcome regardless of the cost.
        We'll see how you feel when your vote is ignored on an issue you don't agree with.

  • KMD

    A vote from TEN YEARS AGO. It is time for the subject to be revisited. People and their opinions have changed. Many people have come to the understanding that same sex couples should have the same protected rights as other couples.

  • No PC 4 Me

    When they "revise" your right to free speech, which is very very old, let me know how you feel then.

    You see, its not the issue, its the fact the people of Michigan voted and that vote has just been nullified.

    • KMD

      "Revise" and "revisit" are two very different words. By revisit, I mean the issue should be examined and discussed again, even voted on again. I am glad that times and opinions have changed in the last ten years. Laws should reflect that.

  • Pips

    Marriage shouldn't be recognized by the government at all, it's a personal or religious institution and has no relevance to a governing body. The government should be concerned with the protection of the individuals rights, not those of selected groups.