Sunday, November 23, 2014

Michigan same-sex marriage ban gets struck down

A federal judge ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday, March 21.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

A federal judge ruled Michigan's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional Friday, March 21, making it the the 18th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, the Detroit Free Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the ban two weeks after a couple's trial fighting it began, our news partner WNDU reported. The two nurses from Detroit argued the ban violated their constitutional rights. 

Friedman's decision said Michigan's amendment banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional because it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed an emergency request for stay of the ruling, the Free Press reported. Schuette told the Free Press he did so to protect voters' 2004 decision to ban same-sex marriage. According to WNDU, 60 percent of Michiganders voted in favor of the amendment.

Visit the Detroit Free Press' website to read the full story and Friedman's ruling

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