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Michigan judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban

First same-sex couple to marry in Michigan
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Reported today, March 22 same-sex couples who are citizens of Michigan have much to celebrate about. In a federal court, Judge Bernard Friedman ruled late Friday afternoon, stating the "same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional," striking down the states ban, which overturned 2.7 million votes from 2004.

Although the Michigan judge struck down the same-sex marriage ban, the ruling could be appealed. Other states who have recently made the same type of rulings in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia are now under appeals. And not everyone in Michigan agrees with this latest ruling.

According to Detroit News, Bill Schuette, attorney general said, he had immediately filed a dispute with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The dispute will seek to place a hold on Judge Friedman's ruling. If this hold takes place it could restrict city and county clerks from issuing marriage licenses. Apparently, same-sex couples can marry in Michigan now, until, if any, legal freeze is placed upon the new law.

Glenn Dejong, and Marsha Caspar from Lansing, have been in a relationship for more than 27 years, and were the first in line at the Ingram County clerks desk, which opened today at 8 a.m.

Judge Friedman made it clear that the same-sex marriage ban should be struck down, despite what voters decided.

“Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage,” Friedman wrote. “Nonetheless, these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.”

The judge further wrote, "...without some overriding legitimate interest, the state cannot use its domestic relations authority to legislate families out of existence."

The benefits that come with being married is extremely helpful and beneficial for stabilizing a healthy family, especially when children are involved.

DeBoer, one of the plaintiffs in the case told CNN news, their case isn't just about the individual, rather it's about making sure that the children have all the benefits needed to succeed in life.

"Jayne and I do want to get married, but this case is about the protection of our children," DeBoer said.

The lawsuit was filed by Hazel Park and April DebBoer, who both work as nurses, and are raising three adopted children who require special-needs care.

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