DETROIT, MI – The legal battles over gay marriage, like that in many other states, is a divisive issue. Michigan is no different. An announcement came from the federal judge today that a ruling will be handed down within two weeks.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman heard the case of Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer vs. The State of Michigan and the voter approved gay marriage ban during a 2 week trial. The fate of a 2004 Michigan constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage as being only between a man and a woman may go down in flames based on Judge Friedmans anticipated ruling.
The lawsuit, brought by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, two Detroit-area nurses in a lesbian relationship, argued that Michigan’s constitutional amendment violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, which forbids states from treating people differently. The amendment was approved by 59 percent of voters in 2004. During a recent national poll, 59% of respondents now approve of gay marriage.
Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown testified that she will immediately issue marriage licenses to “qualified” same-sex couples if Michigan’s ban is shot down in federal court.