Democracy prevails as a judge declares Michigan's ban against gay marriages is unconstitutional.
State by state, some governments resist the inevitable reality that all persons are created equally and in a free and open society, and no institutions can deny that. Since governments chose to make “marriage” a legal contract versus making all such relationships “civil partnerships” the term that has religious roots became a public commodity. As such, churches and religious organizations cannot and should not have a corner on the definition and application of the term.
Governments that hold out against equality are a reflection of the citizens living there. Citizens in those states are targets for recrimination. That is, more enlightened people may snub those places short of discriminating openly against them, of course.
Michigan, the northern state that acted like a southern state in the nation’s segregated school crisis persists in discriminating against gays who want to marry. Michigan, the state that is host to a city bearing the honor of the largest bankrupt municipality in America persists in a government displaying its backwardness.
“Judge strikes down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, March 21, 5:22 PM
DETROIT — Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman announced his ruling after a rare two-week trial that mostly focused on the impact of same-sex parenting on children.
There was no indication that the judge was suspending his decision. Attorney General Bill Schuette said he was immediately filing a request with a federal appeals court to suspend Friedman’s decision and prevent same-sex couples from immediately marrying. The decision was released shortly after 5 p.m., when most county clerk offices in Michigan were closed. Clerks issue marriage licenses.
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.