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Judge lifts ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan

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United States District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled on Friday, March 21, that Michigan's ban on same-marriage is unconstitutional.

In 2004, Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted that heterosexual marriage is the relationship that works best for families; but now Federal Judge Friedman has put an end to that rule.

With the ban being lifted means that gay couples, same-sex couples can marry now.

Dozens of couples were waiting to marry as soon as the ruling went forth. The first couple to arrive at the Ingham County Courthouse to tie the knot were, Glenna DeJong, 53 and Marsha Casper, 51 of Lansing. The couple had been together for 27 years, and County Clerk Barb Byrum performed the ceremony and they received their license.

Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately requested for a stay to put, at least, a temporary end to the ceremonies.

Michigan is the 18th state to join the ranks of allowing gay marriage in their state.

The ruling comes out a lawsuit filed by a gay couple, April Deboer and Jayne Rowse, objecting to the ban that gay couples can not adopt children together. From that, a two-week trial was held in the United States District Court with Judge Bernard Friedman presiding.

You can get a copy of Judge Friedman's 31-page opinion from the U.S. District Court courthouse downtown.

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