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Federal judge orders February trial on challenge to Michigan's gay marriage ban

Supporters had hoped judge would strike ban down today

Federal judge orders February trial on challenge to Michigan's gay marriage ban

Same-sex couples in Michigan will have to hold off on those wedding plans for now.

There was hope that US District Judge Bernard Friedman would strike down the state’s gay marriage ban at a hearing today (16 October) but instead, the judge ordered the case challenging it to trial.

Friedman set a trial date of 25 February, 2014.

‘I have to decide this as a matter of law,’ Friedman said in court. ‘I intend to do so.’

The lawsuit was filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse who contend that the ban violates the federal guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The couple, who are both nurses, initially sued to have joint custody of their adopted children then expanded the case to involve the marriage ban.

If Friedman’s ruling had struck down the ban, at least 10 of Michigan’s 83 counties are prepared to begin issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples that very day.


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