Marriage Equality case in Michigan goes to trial in February

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Yet another marriage equality case is heading to trial in the courts, this time in Michigan. Case Against Michigan Ban on Gay Unions Is Sent to Trial:

EqualA federal judge on Wednesday ruled that a case contesting Michigan’s ban
on same-sex marriage would go to trial early next year, one among some 30 such challenges playing out in courthouses around the nation.

Here, advocates for same-sex marriage and even some opponents had speculated that the judge, Bernard A. Friedman, of the Eastern District of Michigan, might go further and overturn the state’s nine-year-old constitutional amendment on marriage as early as Wednesday.

[A] representative for Bill Schuette, the
Michigan attorney general, whose office has defended the state’s ban,
issued a directive to county clerks in the event that the judge ruled
against the state, advising them that they were forbidden to issue
marriage licenses to same-sex couples until appeals were completed.

In the end, Judge Friedman delayed an answer to the issue, instead
suggesting that a trial, set for Feb. 25, would examine a central legal
question surrounding the issue in Michigan, but also elsewhere: whether
the rationales for a ban on same-sex marriage serve a legitimate state
interest.

The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments on
October 23 in a case which may determine the right to marry for same-sex
couples in the state.

A special session in the Hawaii Legislature
to move forward a bill that would legalize gay marriage is scheduled to
begin October 28.

One response to “Marriage Equality case in Michigan goes to trial in February

  1. Frances Perkins

    Bill Schuette is a right wing tool and cannot be trusted with any objective matter. Everything he does is clouded with right wing ideology. I know him from central Michigan years ago.