State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped

Mar 24, 2014

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
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The state spent $40,000 on witnesses testifying in the recent trial on same sex marriage.  Irwin has requested information on all of the costs connected to the case.

Irwin wants Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop appeals on the ruling.

Irwin says he’s proud Wasthenaw County and Clerk Larry Kestenbaum opened his office Saturday morning to allow same-sex couples to marry before a court order to halt the marriages.  He is also asking the state legislature to act on a bill that would allow same-sex couples to adopt, which was the original focus of the court case.

Schuette told reporters Monday he won’t shy away from the marriage issue as he kicks off his re-election campaign.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.