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Posted: Monday, 24 March 2014 12:10PM

Democrats Likely To Go After Schuette On Gay Marriage Ruling Appeal

Look for Democrats in Michigan to use the appeal by Attorney General Bill Schuette of the ruling tossing the state's gay marriage ban against him in this fall's election. Larry Feldman of the Berrien County Democratic Party thinks it will be a campaign issue.


Feldman added he hoped Schuette would follow the lead of Kentucky's attorney general when that state's ban was overturned.


Gay marriages are on hold until at least Wednesday as the legal battle continues at the U.S. Court of Appeals. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman in Detroit ruled on Friday that the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage that was passed in 2004 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. His ruling followed a trial that started when two Detroit-area nurses sued the state seeking the rights to adopt each other's children. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse later expanded the lawsuit to include the ban on same-sex marriage. Voters approved the amendment to the state constitution, 59% to 41% a decade ago. However, a recent poll from Michigan State University released on February 28 show 54% support gay marriage, while 36% oppose it in the state.


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