The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal today (Mon.) with the US Supreme Court. They want the court to rule that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and others like it across the country are unconstitutional.
A federal judge has struck down a Michigan law that denies employer-sponsored benefits to many public employees in same-sex relationships.
In Cincinnati tomorrow (Wed.), the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states.
Challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states will be argued in a single afternoon later this summer before the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The Michigan arguments are being combined with cases out of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
It may eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Emily Dievendorf is part of the “Michigan for Marriage” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals….
“We want marriage and need marriage for all the same reasons that you do. And it certainly is ‘legal rights’, but it’s also we’re falling in love for all the same cheesy, beautiful reasons that you are … and that’s hard to get out of,” said Dievendorf.
A federal judge recently struck down Michigan’s same- sex marriage ban. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.
Dievendorf says … if necessary … the education campaign can morph into a political campaign … to put the issue on the 20-16 ballot.
A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today.
Ahead of the arguments, dozens of Michigan pastors rallied in support of the ban Monday in Detroit. Read more