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MI Supreme Court: limits on immunity of medical marijuana cards

potHaving a Michigan medical marijuana card does not provide sweeping immunity from drug charges, according to a ruling from the state Supreme Court. But, at the same time, the unanimous opinion says prosecutors can’t argue a single misstep proves a cardholding-caretaker under the law is a drug dealer.
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Same-sex marriages already underway across Michigan

Lauren Brown (L) and Lindsey Wren (R) of East Lansing got married at the Ingham County Courthouse shortly after the SCOTUS ruling on Friday.

Lauren Brown (L) and Lindsey Wren (R) of East Lansing got married at the Ingham County Courthouse shortly after the SCOTUS ruling on Friday.

A number of county clerks are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after today’s (Fri.) Supreme Court ruling.
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Supreme Court decision means 230,000 Michiganders keep insurance subsidies

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About 230,000 Michiganders receive the federal healthcare subsidies upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

A number of state officials cheered the ruling. They say losing the subsidies would likely have meant higher premiums for everyone shopping on the health exchange in Michigan. Continue reading

MI’s defense of same-sex marriage ban delivered to Supreme Court

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office has delivered the state’s defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.

The state’s 59-page brief focuses largely on states’ rights. The attorney general argues the case is not specifically about marriage, but who gets to decide the question.

From the brief’s summation:

“This case is not about the best definition of marriage or any stereotypes about families. Families
come in all types, and parents of all types—married or single, gay or straight—love their children. This case is about whether the Fourteenth Amendment imposes a single marriage view on all states such that the people have no right to decide. It does not.”

The brief says the US Constitution is silent on the issue, so the decision on defining who can get married is left to states or their voters. The brief says Michigan voters made a reasonable choice when they approved the ban in 2004, and only they should be allowed to reverse it.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are the lesbian couple challenging the ban. They say it violates their equal protection rights and the equal protections rights of the children they are raising together, but cannot jointly adopt.

Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee will also defend marriage bans when the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case next month.

DeBoer attorney says SCOTUS arguments will focus on children

Bob Fluke of Lansing brought a gay pride flag to the inauguration. He wants the governor and lawmakers to make the issue a priority.

Bob Fluke of Lansing brought a gay pride flag to the inauguration. He wants the governor and lawmakers to make the issue a priority.

Attorneys for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse say their challenge before the US Supreme Court to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban focus on the harmful effects on children. Continue reading

Michigan Supreme Court order sets stage for appeal of juvenile lifer opinion

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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision that refuses parole hearings for more than 350 juvenile lifers in state prisons. That sets the stage for a group of inmates convicted of murder to take their case to the US Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court ruled two years ago that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. But in a separate ruling, the Michigan court said that decision does not apply retroactively – only to future cases.
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