Michigan Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Declared Unconstitutional

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WWJ-TV – The state of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman made the ruling Friday afternoon in Detroit federal court after a rare two-week trial that mostly focused on the impact of same-sex parenting on children.

Friedman declared that the same-sex marriage ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. [READ RULING]

County clerks have said they’ll be ready, almost immediately, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples should the law change but the decision came shortly after 5 p.m., when most of the county clerk offices in Michigan were closed.

“It is an honor to join couples in marriage and I look forward to the opportunity for all loving couples to marry in our great state,” Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum told WWJ Newsradio 950 on Thursday.

Michigan becomes the 18th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, allowing gays and lesbians to marry, identical to hetrosexual marriages.  Seventeen states and the District of Columbia issue licenses for same-sex marriage.

Since December, bans on gay marriage have been overturned in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, but appeals have put those cases on hold.

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  • leastofallsaints

    Just because a judge overturned it doesn’t make it right. I am proud to live in Arkansas where the sanctity of marriage is still held.

    • Chace

      Just wait, it’ll be sconsidered legal in Arkansas soon enough. And what makes it wrong? You sitting here judging is a sin just as well.

      • Kevin

        We can argue about judging this and that and this is wrong and thats wrong but bottom line its obviously not intended by nature and you cant argue that one.

    • Chace

      and you so called “Christian straight people” get married in the eye of God but where do yall get divorced at? The Court House, not the eye of God.

  • Happy, happy, happy

    After noticing the non-parenting taking place by traditional parents, I think non-traditional ones might be capable of doing a better job. Yes, there I said it….Great to be an American.

  • Tom Sambo

    The liberal scum of KFSM don’t believe in freedom of speech. They are part of the reason we will take our country back soon.

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