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Michigan to Have Trial About Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jul 01, 2013

Court-gavel-and-justiceDETROIT, Mich. — A judge is refusing to dismiss the case of two women who are challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer “are entitled to their day in court,” Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman wrote in a five-page ruling on Monday.  The couple and the state attorneys defending Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage will appear in court July 10 for a status hearing.

Both sides are expected to cite the recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage.  The court struck down part of the federal law barring government benefits for same-sex couples who are legally married, but they also said states have the power to define marriage.