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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Courts - Still more on "Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage"

Updating this ILB post and this post from March 21st, as the ILB reported at its Twitter account, @indianalawblog, although Judge Friedman initially did not stay his ruling pending the outcome of appeal, he did issue a stay during the weekend. A number of couples were married during the interim.

The plaintiffs have now filed their opposition to the stay, access it here via Equality Case Files.

Brian Dickerson, a Detroit Free Press columnist, had a long human interest story last weekend about Judge Friedman ("a Republican who’d been appointed to the federal trial bench by Ronald Reagan in 1988) and a law clerk he had 19 years ago, who as of March 20th is also a judge in the 6th Circuit (and is "the first openly gay district court judge in the history of the 6th Circuit, which encompasses federal courts in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee"). The story concludes:

Saturday morning, Michigan’s newest federal judge was on hand at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office to certify the marriages of same-sex couples who sought to take early advantage of Friedman’s ruling.

Many people will credit Friedman, or blame him, for taking on Michigan’s prohibition of same-sex marriage. But in a larger sense, that vestigial artifact was a victim of human experience itself — including Friedman’s own.

“In attempting to define this case as a challenge to ‘the will of the people,’ state defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people,” the judge reflected in a poignant coda to his landmark ruling.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 25, 2014 11:42 AM
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