Gay marriages in Michigan halted

Some same-sex couples wasted no time in reciting vows after a ban was lifted Friday, but an appeals court has put further gay marriages on hold
Associated Press
Mar 22, 2014


A federal appeals court issued an order Saturday preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in Michigan for at least several more days.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said it issued the stay because it needed more time to consider the state's appeal of a judge's ruling Friday overturning Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The court said its stay would last until at least Wednesday.

Earlier Saturday, dozens of same-sex couples in at least four Michigan counties wasted no time in getting hitched, uncertain of how the appeals court would act.

On Friday, federal Judge Bernard Friedman overturned Michigan's gay marriage ban, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. Nearly 60 percent of state voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as between a man and a woman.

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.

The case in Michigan involves two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer. They want to get married, but the original purpose of their 2012 lawsuit was to overturn Michigan's ban on joint adoptions by same-sex couples.

They are raising three adopted children with special needs at their Hazel Park home. But they can't jointly adopt each other's kids because joint adoption in the state is tied exclusively to marriage.

Rowse, 49, and DeBoer, 42, didn't testify, and the trial had nothing to do with their relationship. In fact, attorneys for the state told the judge that they are great parents.

Instead, the state urged the judge to respect the results of a 2004 election in which 59 percent of voters said marriage in Michigan can only be between a man and a woman. Conservative scholars also questioned the impact of same-sex parenting on children.

But experts testifying for Rowse and DeBoer said there were no differences between the kids of same-sex couples and the children raised by a man and woman. And the University of Texas took the extraordinary step of disavowing the testimony of sociology professor Mark Regnerus, who was a witness for Michigan.



Where is the Rev. Thinkagain Phelps with his hate speech?

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ha! i was thinking the same. he's probably busy picketing the law makers in Michigan.

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Thanks guys! It's nice to know all you Godless ignoramuses look to me for guidance on this subject.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, now and your boyfriend are going to have to wait.


i didnt mean harm. i really did expect to see your comment. also, i meant picket against gay marriage, not for it. you sure made your position clear on the matter, and the law against DID pass. anyway, i respect your views, even if i dont totally agree. i have no interest gays or in being gay, but i do not care what others do.

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No harm, no foul. Sorry I grouped you in with my troll boys. I was going to comment on this article, but I wanted to see if there was another Christian commentator, who would step up to the plate. Sometimes I feel like the lonely Maytag repairman….


Re: "Christian,"

Still waiting for the annual gay pride parade in Tehran.

The Big Dog's back

pooh, why don't you go over there and organize it.


Point: It just ain't the Christians, lil' piddles.


LOL @ 44846

From the Grave

To think again would require that you think a first time.


So the court says on Friday that gays can marry. First thing Saturday morning they can get a marriage license. Yet any other Saturday a straight couple can NOT get a license. Hmmmm, reverse discrimination?