Gay marriage

Michigan News
4:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gay Marriage In Michigan: Lawyers Disagree Over Gay Marriage Appeal Path

1st Gay marriage in Washtenaw County
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Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case. They want the case to move quickly, but they say the Cincinnati-based court should stick to its practice of assigning cases to a three-judge panel.

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Michigan News
11:24 am
Fri March 28, 2014

US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.

Holder's action on Friday enables the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the couples. It came two days after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan won't recognize the marriages performed last weekend. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the gay marriage ban the day before.

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Breaking
5:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer pictured with their adopted children
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  A judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

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.

It was not clear if gay marriages could begin immediately.

Scholars testifying for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer said there were no differences between children raised by same-sex couples and those raised by a man and a woman.

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Community
7:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

EMU LGBT Resource Center Director Optimistic about Gay Marriage Trial Outcome

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
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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.

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Michigan News
9:37 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Day 6 Testimony in Detroit Gay Marriage Trial

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
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 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.

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Michigan News
7:07 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

State of Michigan's First Witness in Gay Marriage Ban Trail Barred from Testifying

Supporters of Michigan's gay marriage ban march around the federal court building in Detroit Monday. Some opponents of the ban marched alongside them.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

The state's defense of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban got off to a rocky start Monday.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman tossed out the state's first witness in the case. He said Yale law student Sherif Girgis did not qualify as an expert witness. The plaintiffs' attorneys pointed to the fact that Girgis is still a student, and said he would only be expressing his opinion on gay marriage - not actual evidence. 

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Michigan News
9:12 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gay Marriage Opposition Speaks Out in Detroit

Jubilee City Church founder Ellis L. Smith speaks at a rally with dozens of pastors Monday in support of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

Pastors rally in opposition to gay marriage ahead of federal court case in Detroit
By Jake Neher

A federal judge will hear arguments this week over whether Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.  The trial begins Tuesday in Detroit.

Ahead of the arguments, dozens of Michigan pastors rallied in support of the ban Monday in Detroit.

"We're not standing here against anybody. We're standing here for the biblical principle and foundation of marriage," said Ellis L. Smith, founder of Jubilee City Church in Detroit.

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Gay Marriage
10:11 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Local LGBT Community Closely Watches Supreme Court

Human Rights Campaign's logo, which is usually a yellow "equals" sign on a blue background, has been changed to a pink sign on a red background to support gay marriage.

The local LGBT community is closely following the U.S. Supreme Court's tackling of the issue of gay marriage.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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