Ypsilanti City Council has adopted a resolution authorizing a "friend of the court" brief to be filed on the city's behalf in the DeBoer versus Snyder case that seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, and it appears city residents approve.
Kim Brown says she doesn't discriminate.
"Because you don't want anybody looking at you and judging you on something different that you do," she said.
Ray Sweeney applauds council's action.
"I support it, so the more the merrier. If we can get more people on board, I'm for that."
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.
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.
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.
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.