Gay Marriage Trial in Detroit http://wemu.org en Schuette Files Brief Defending Gay Marriage Ban In Michigan http://wemu.org/post/schuette-files-brief-defending-gay-marriage-ban-michigan <p></p><p> <meta content="Gay Marriage, Supreme Court, Michigan" name="news_keywords" /> </p><div>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban.&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 08 May 2014 14:03:06 +0000 Associated Press 45550 at http://wemu.org Schuette Files Brief Defending Gay Marriage Ban In Michigan Gay Michigan Couple Hopes To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage http://wemu.org/post/gay-michigan-couple-hopes-force-state-recognize-their-marriage <p><strong>Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, "for our 13 kids"</strong></p><p><br />The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:48:24 +0000 Jake Neher & Rick Pluta 44383 at http://wemu.org Gay Michigan Couple Hopes To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/aclu-sues-state-over-same-sex-marriages <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:34:37 +0000 Bob Eccles, Rose Carver & Associated Press 44382 at http://wemu.org ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-resolution-urging-state-drop-appeals-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Ann Arbor City Council is set to ask state officials to drop appeals to the court ruling that briefly allowed same-sex marriages to take place.&nbsp; Council tonight will consider a resolution urging Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to suspend efforts to contest Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:07:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43989 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Attorney General Seeks Rapid Ruling On Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/attorney-general-seeks-rapid-ruling-same-sex-marriages <p><strong>Schuette asks for fast action marriage case</strong></p><p></p><p>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:22:11 +0000 Rick Pluta 43933 at http://wemu.org Attorney General Seeks Rapid Ruling On Same-Sex Marriages Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-same-sex-marriage-resolution-park-improvements <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night adopted a resolution asking the state to withdraw its appeal of the federal court ruling that says Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.</p><p>The vote was six to one, with&nbsp; Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson voting "no", arguing that the issue should be allowed to finish its journey through the court system.</p><p>The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette.</p><p>City Council also approved improvements at two city parks requested by council members Brian Robb and Pete Murdock.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:57:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 43794 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements Ypsilanti Township Attack Believed To Be Tied To Same-Sex Marriage http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-attack-believed-be-tied-same-sex-marriage <p>The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is looking for information related to an assault at Ypsilanti Township's Roundtree&nbsp;Apartments linked to recent same-sex marriages. &nbsp;The attack took place Monday at around 6 PM.</p><p>The vicitim&nbsp;is in her late 20's and says she was punched in the face, knocked unconscious, then woke to being kicked in the torso. &nbsp;She believes three males were involved in the attack. &nbsp;The woman says the incident began with one of the men questioning if she was on the news because of her recent marriage.</p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; white-space: nowrap;">One of the suspects is described as a white male, mid 20’s, 5’10 to 5'11 tall, heavy set, with a low or husky voice. The other suspects couldn't be identified.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=3000+Roundtree+Boulevard,+Ypsilanti,+MI&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3000+Roundtr&amp;sll=42.247099,-83.59225&amp;sspn=0.011389,0.016544&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=3000+Roundtree+Blvd,+Ypsilanti,+Michigan+48197&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=42.230094,-83.655369&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=3000+Roundtree+Boulevard,+Ypsilanti,+MI&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3000+Roundtr&amp;sll=42.247099,-83.59225&amp;sspn=0.011389,0.016544&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=3000+Roundtree+Blvd,+Ypsilanti,+Michigan+48197&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=42.230094,-83.655369" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:18:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43757 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Ask State of Michigan To Withdraw Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-ask-state-michigan-withdraw-appeal-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Ypsilanti&nbsp;City Council is poised to send a message to the state on the issue of same-sex marriage.</p><p>Council Tuesday night will consider a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to withdraw their appeal of a federal judge's ruling that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;If adopted, copies of the resolution will be sent to the offices of the Governor and Attorney General.</span></p><p>Ypsilanti City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, One S. Huron St., downtown.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:23:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 43668 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Ask State of Michigan To Withdraw Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages http://wemu.org/post/us-recognizes-michigan-same-sex-couple-marriages <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:24:26 +0000 Associated Press 43424 at http://wemu.org US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages Congressional Democrats Seek Federal Acknowledgement of Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/congressional-democrats-seek-federal-acknowledgement-same-sex-marriages <p><strong>Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages</strong><br />Rick Pluta<br /><br />Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:48:44 +0000 Rick Pluta 43526 at http://wemu.org Congressional Democrats Seek Federal Acknowledgement of Same-Sex Marriages Ann Arbor Woman Devastated Her Wedding Won't Be Recognized http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-woman-devastated-her-wedding-wont-be-recognized <div>An Ann Arbor woman is devastated and questioning why she should stay in the state now that Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize her marriage that took place last weekend. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:32:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43455 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Woman Devastated Her Wedding Won't Be Recognized Michigan Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/michigan-will-not-recognize-same-sex-marriages <div>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.<br /><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:59:27 +0000 Associated Press 43435 at http://wemu.org Michigan Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Schuette: Supreme Court Needs To Resolve Same-Sex Marriage Question ASAP http://wemu.org/post/schuette-supreme-court-needs-resolve-same-sex-marriage-question-asap <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Attorney General Bill </span>Schuette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the sooner the US Supreme Court settles the question of whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional, the better.&nbsp;</span></p></div><div> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:54:52 +0000 Rick Pluta 43406 at http://wemu.org Schuette: Supreme Court Needs To Resolve Same-Sex Marriage Question ASAP Blog: Arguments To Convince 6th Circuit Appeals Court to Lift The Stay On Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/blog-arguments-convince-6th-circuit-appeals-court-lift-stay-same-sex-marriages <div><strong>UPDATE 4:52 PM&nbsp;</strong>Rick Pluta is reporting that no decision was reached in today's hearing. &nbsp;The trial is likely to go to the Supreme Court which is not likely to decide another same-sex marriage case before its next session. Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan’s ban say holding up recognition of same-sex marriages hurts families with children.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:14:04 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Rick Pluta 43366 at http://wemu.org Michigan Officials Ask US Attorney General to Recognize State's Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/michigan-officials-ask-us-attorney-general-recognize-states-same-sex-marriages <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>US Attorney General <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder" target="_blank">Eric Holder</a> has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:51:02 +0000 Rick Pluta 43348 at http://wemu.org Michigan Officials Ask US Attorney General to Recognize State's Same-Sex Marriages State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped http://wemu.org/post/state-rep-jeff-irwin-wants-appeals-same-sex-marriage-ruling-dropped <p>Michigan&nbsp;<a href="http://www.voteirwin.com/home.html">State Representative Jeff Irwin</a> thinks <a href="https://www.billschuette.com/">Attorney General Bill Schuette</a> is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:28:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43305 at http://wemu.org State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped Washtenaw County's First Legal Same Sex Marriages Take Place http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-countys-first-legal-same-sex-marriages-take-place <p><strong>UPDATE 5:40 PM</strong></p><p>By Patrik Holubik</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US 6th Circuit of Appeals has issued a stay until Wednesday on the decision to strike down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:01:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Patrik Holubik 43233 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County's First Legal Same Sex Marriages Take Place Schuette: Freeze gay-marriage ban strike-down http://wemu.org/post/schuette-freeze-gay-marriage-ban-strike-down <div>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals.</div><div> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:15:07 +0000 Associated Press 43207 at http://wemu.org Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage http://wemu.org/post/judge-strikes-down-michigans-ban-gay-marriage <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.<p></p>Federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Friday, two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.<p></p>It was not clear if gay marriages could begin immediately.<p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:22:23 +0000 Patrick Campion 43203 at http://wemu.org Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Michigan's Gay Marriage Trial In the Hands of the Judge http://wemu.org/post/michigans-gay-marriage-trial-hands-judge <div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.</span></p><p></p><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Friday he expects to make a decision within two weeks.</div><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:37:30 +0000 Associated Press 42462 at http://wemu.org Michigan's Gay Marriage Trial In the Hands of the Judge EMU LGBT Resource Center Director Optimistic about Gay Marriage Trial Outcome http://wemu.org/post/emu-lgbt-resource-center-director-optimistic-about-gay-marriage-trial-outcome <div>The end is near for the trial involving a Hazel Park couple who want Michigan's ban on gay marriage overturned, but the issue itself is far from being settled.</div><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:08:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 42453 at http://wemu.org EMU LGBT Resource Center Director Optimistic about Gay Marriage Trial Outcome Day 6 Testimony in Detroit Gay Marriage Trial http://wemu.org/post/day-6-testimony-detroit-gay-marriage-trial <div>&nbsp;A university economist says children raised by heterosexual couples have a much greater chance of making normal progress through school than kids living with same-sex parents.</div><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:37:48 +0000 Associated Press 42370 at http://wemu.org Day 6 Testimony in Detroit Gay Marriage Trial Gay Marriage Trial To Resume In Detroit Today http://wemu.org/post/gay-marriage-trial-resume-detroit-today <p>(Detroit)-A University of Texas professor will face a vigorous cross-examination in the trial over Michigan's gay-marriage ban.&nbsp; Mark Regnerus is returning to the witness chair this morning in Detroit federal court. He testified Monday for the state of Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette&nbsp; is defending a 2004 constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage as only between a man and a woman.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:57:41 +0000 Associated Press 42306 at http://wemu.org Gay Marriage Trial To Resume In Detroit Today State of Michigan's First Witness in Gay Marriage Ban Trail Barred from Testifying http://wemu.org/post/state-michigans-first-witness-gay-marriage-ban-trail-barred-testifying <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> <link href="http://wemu.org/post/state-michigans-first-witness-gay-marriage-ban-trail-barred-testifying" rel="standout" /> </p><p><br />The state's defense of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban got off to a rocky start Monday.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137801956&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal Judge Bernard Friedman tossed out the state's first witness in the case. He said Yale law student </span>Sherif<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Girgis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> did not qualify as an expert witness. The plaintiffs' attorneys pointed to the fact that </span>Girgis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is still a student, and said he would only be expressing his opinion on gay marriage - not actual evidence.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:07:48 +0000 Jake Neher 42291 at http://wemu.org State of Michigan's First Witness in Gay Marriage Ban Trail Barred from Testifying Same-Sex Parenting Trial In Detroit http://wemu.org/post/same-sex-parenting-trial-detroit <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><div><p>The State of Michigan’s highly anticipated gay marriage trial began Tuesday in Detroit, where a Federal judge will hear the pros and cons of raising children in same-sex families and rule on the definition of marriage in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:20:58 +0000 Patrik Holubik 42033 at http://wemu.org Same-Sex Parenting Trial In Detroit