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.
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.
Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project. Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.
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. 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.
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.
Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is looking for information related to an assault at Ypsilanti Township's Roundtree Apartments linked to recent same-sex marriages. The attack took place Monday at around 6 PM.
The vicitim is in her late 20's and says she was punched in the face, knocked unconscious, then woke to being kicked in the torso. She believes three males were involved in the attack. The woman says the incident began with one of the men questioning if she was on the news because of her recent marriage.
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.
Ypsilanti City Council is poised to send a message to the state on the issue of same-sex marriage.
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.
If adopted, copies of the resolution will be sent to the offices of the Governor and Attorney General.
Ypsilanti City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, One S. Huron St., downtown.
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.
Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages Rick Pluta
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.
UPDATE 4:52 PM Rick Pluta is reporting that no decision was reached in today's hearing. 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.
Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Friday he expects to make a decision within two weeks.
The trial was dominated by different views from scholars about the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. Two Detroit-area women are trying to convince the judge that there's no "rational" basis under law for Michigan to ban same-sex marriage.
(Detroit)-A University of Texas professor will face a vigorous cross-examination in the trial over Michigan's gay-marriage ban. 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 is defending a 2004 constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage as only between a man and a woman.
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.
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.