Michigan, USA: Judge Puts Off Marriage Equality Case Decision Pending US Supreme Court Ruling

Written by scott on March 7th, 2013

MichiganA bit of a surprise up in Michigan as a Federal Judge, who had been expected to rule on a marriage equality case today, decides to wait on the Supremes instead. USA Today reports:

“I think its worth the wait,” U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said in a hearing brought by two women who want joint custody of their three children. “I don’t know what the Supreme Court is going to do.” The decision disappointed proponents of gay marriage who were hoping that Friedman would strike down the state’s ban, which Michigan voters approved as a constitutional amendment in 2004.

The Oakland Press has more on the lesbian couple bringing the lawsuit:

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who live with their three young children in Hazel Park, will appear in front of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman Thursday morning at Wayne State University for arguments in the case, which seeks to overturn the 2004 state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. DeBoer, 41, and Rowse, 48, began the case as a challenge to the adoption code, which currently allows for only one member of a same-sex couple to be the legal parent of an adopted child. During a hearing in that case, a judge suggested that the couple challenge the same-sex marriage ban instead.

And so the waiting game continues…

 

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