USA, Michigan: Judge Strikes Down Marriage Equality Ban

Written by scott on March 21st, 2014

MichiganThis just in – the judge in the marriage equality case in Michigan just struck down the state’s ban.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

In a historic ruling that provided a huge morale boost to the gay-rights movement, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman today struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, making it the 18th state in the nation to allow gays and lesbians to join in matrimony, just like their heterosexual counterparts. The state has long argued that it is, and that the will of 2.7 million voters — who in 2004 decided that marriage is only to be between a man and a woman — should not be drowned out by a single judge. The state also argues that it has a “legitimate” interest in preserving the traditional family structure because — it claims — children thrive best when raised by married moms and dads. Friedman, though, sided with the plaintiffs: two Hazel Park lesbian nurses who argue the state has no “rational basis” for denying them the right to get married and adopt each others’ children.

Amazing – one more state for marriage equality. No word yet on whether the ruling is stayed pending appeal – anyone hear anything out there?

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