Michigan May Legalize Same-Sex Marriage On Wednesday
UPDATE: Wednesday 12:37 p.m. PST
There will be no ruling on marriage equality today in Michigan. Judge Friedman has said that he cannot make a summary judgment today and has set a trial date for Feb. 25. Friedman will issue a written opinion this afternoon.
More details as they come, Instincters!
Michigan may be the latest state to fully embrace marriage equality if a U.S. District judge rules in our favor on Wednesday!
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are asking the District court to overturn a 2004 law that bans same-sex marriage in Michigan; the couple has also asked that the court declare Michigan’s Adoption Code, which prohibits joint adoption by gay or lesbian couples, unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman is expected to issue a ruling, perhaps that afternoon, on whether Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. He also may decide whether the state’s ban on same-sex adoption should be tossed.
Should he lift the ban on same-sex marriage and decline to issue a stay while it’s being appealed, same-sex marriage would be legal in Michigan until a higher court overturned it.
Dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of same-sex couples are preparing to tie the knot Wednesday afternoon, according to organizers in the gay and lesbian communities.
Ingham and Washtenaw counties are among those offering to waive waiting times for marriage licenses, and 44 clergy members statewide will be on call to perform ceremonies, according to Randy Block of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network, who has compiled a list of available county clerks and clergy.
We will be paying close attention to what goes down on Wednesday. We're curious as to what legal ramifications we'll see if the District Court declares same-sex marriage bans and same-sex couple adoption bans unconstitutional. Could this set a precedent for future rulings?