Mich. Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (March 21, 2014, 8:26 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge on Friday ruled that an amendment to the state’s constitution and its implementing statutes that excluded same-sex couples from marriage are unconstitutional because they violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who have been together for more than 10 years and are raising three adopted children, challenged a November 2004 voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that prohibited same-sex marriage “to secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our...
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