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Jim Bohannan
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WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Saturday, 22 March 2014 6:50AM

Michigan's Same Sex Marriage Ban Tossed By Federal Judge

The voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan is gone. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman overturned the constitutional amendment on Friday, ruling the ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Brian Savage is the chairman of the OutCenter in Benton Harbor and tells WSJM News that little by little, marriage equality is becoming law across the country.


Three county clerks are offering marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples: Muskegon, Oakland and Washtenaw.


Detroit-area nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer sued to overturn the ban, which was approved in 2004 by nearly 60% of Michigan voters. Recent polls indicate about the same percentage now oppose the ban. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed an emergency request for a stay and appeal of the ruling.


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