Michigan Marriage Equality

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10:03 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Schuette Files Brief Defending Gay Marriage Ban In Michigan

Michigan Attorney general Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban. 

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Michigan News
8:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gay Michigan Couple Hopes To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage

Plaintiffs Clint McCormack (front), Bryan Reamer (back), and some of their 13 children.
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Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, "for our 13 kids"

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.

Clint McCormack and Bryan Reamer are one of eight couples named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.

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WEMU News
7:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages

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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.

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Community
12:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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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.  

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Michigan News
7:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Attorney General Seeks Rapid Ruling On Same-Sex Marriages

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Schuette asks for fast action marriage case

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. 

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WEMU News
11:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements

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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.

The vote was six to one, with  Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson voting "no", arguing that the issue should be allowed to finish its journey through the court system.

The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

City Council also approved improvements at two city parks requested by council members Brian Robb and Pete Murdock.

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Community
6:18 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Attack Believed To Be Tied To Same-Sex Marriage

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.

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WEMU News
1:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council To Ask State of Michigan To Withdraw Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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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. 

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Michigan News
11:24 am
Fri March 28, 2014

US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages

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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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Michigan News
8:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congressional Democrats Seek Federal Acknowledgement of Same-Sex Marriages

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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages
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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.

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Community
5:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Woman Devastated Her Wedding Won't Be Recognized

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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.  

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Michigan News
1:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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Michigan News
5:54 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Schuette: Supreme Court Needs To Resolve Same-Sex Marriage Question ASAP

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
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Rick Pluta reports the latest in the on-going court battle over Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the sooner the US Supreme Court settles the question of whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional, the better. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Blog: Arguments To Convince 6th Circuit Appeals Court to Lift The Stay On Same-Sex 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. 

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Michigan News
8:51 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Michigan Officials Ask US Attorney General to Recognize State's Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder is being asked to weigh in on Michigan's same-sex marriages
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  US Attorney General Eric Holder 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. 

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Community
2:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

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

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
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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.

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Developing
12:01 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Washtenaw County's First Legal Same Sex Marriages Take Place

Finishing up the paperwork on the wedding of Elizabeth Patten and Johnnie Terry. Washtenaw County's first same sex marriage.
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UPDATE 5:40 PM

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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.  

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Michigan News
6:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Schuette: Freeze gay-marriage ban strike-down

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.

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Breaking
5:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage

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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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Michigan News
12:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Michigan's Gay Marriage Trial In the Hands of the Judge

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they seek to adopt.

     

 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.

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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
5:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Gay Marriage Trial To Resume In Detroit Today

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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(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. 

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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.
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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
10:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Same-Sex Parenting Trial In Detroit

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the three special needs children they are raising and hope to legally adopt
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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. 

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