No immediate ruling on Mich. 2004 gay marriage ban

A federal judge says he'll wait for important rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding the future of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
AP Wire
Mar 8, 2013


Judge Bernard Friedman heard arguments Thursday. He said it's better to wait for the Supreme Court because any opinion from the nation's highest court in a California case could affect the Michigan case.

Two Detroit-area nurses are asking Friedman to strike down a 2004 constitutional amendment that says Michigan only allows marriage between a man and a woman.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer said the amendment and a Michigan law that bars them from jointly adopting children violate the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection clause.

The judge said the Hazel Park couple presents a "compelling" case, but the state also has strong arguments.


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