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Judge Says Challenge to Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage Will Proceed to Trial


A challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage will proceed to trial beginning on February 25, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said today after an hour of arguments from both sides. The judge was expected to rule in the case today.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

“I have to decide this as a matter of law,” said Friedman, who in June refused to toss out a lesbian couple’s lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on adoption by unmarried couples and cited the June U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized legally married gay couples.

“I intend to do so.”

In the lead up to today’s hearing, Friedman had been expected to decide on the constitutionality of Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and determine whether the state is unlawfully discriminating against two nurses who want to get married and adopt each others’ children.

Read the Detroit Free Press's live blog of the arguments here.


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  1. And you rip Chris Christie about his weight?

    Posted by: MD | Oct 16, 2013 3:44:45 PM

  2. MD

    Um, yeah.

    Posted by: Mikey | Oct 16, 2013 3:51:31 PM

  3. What a coward.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 16, 2013 4:19:21 PM

  4. What a cow would be more appropriate.

    Posted by: MD | Oct 16, 2013 4:29:25 PM

  5. "What a cow would be more appropriate. --MD"

    You're going to disparage the woman based on her weight? Is it just a lesbian-hate thing or do you hate all women equally? How long have you hated your mother? Or maybe you think you're being clever and funny? You're not.
    Maybe some of us aren't entitled or ready to handle adult topics such as marriage. Maybe we need to mature past a junior high level first.

    Posted by: RJP | Oct 16, 2013 5:00:14 PM

  6. MD, do you realize how much of a complete loser you are? Wait, never clearly do not.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 16, 2013 5:13:19 PM

  7. MD, Chris Christie is a public figure, who presents himself as the leader of his state. These folks are simply trying to access their constitutional rights.

    Yes, they should lose weight to set an example for the kids. But only Christie deserves our scorn.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 16, 2013 5:28:48 PM

  8. Perhaps if these women lost some weight they could score spouses of a normal gender.

    Posted by: MD | Oct 16, 2013 6:09:07 PM

  9. Obvious troll is obvious. Don't feed the troll, y'all.

    Posted by: Jackie | Oct 16, 2013 6:15:27 PM

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