Eight same sex couples who got married when it was legal in Michigan have now sued the state with the help of the ACLU, including a couple with ten adopted children and three foster children and the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan
Apparently Bill Schuette feels bad about blowing that $40k on expert witnesses for the last trial, so he’s asking for Michigan’s appeal to bypass an initial panel of three judges so the state doesn’t waste more money.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the couples that were able to get married in Michigan during the brief period between the state’s ban on marriage equality being found unconstitutional and the state getting the stay on the ruling issued will have their marriages recognized by the federal government.
Michigan bans same-sex marriage by both constitutional amendment and state law.
The amendment to Michigan’s constitution was found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge, and the decision is on appeal to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling finding the constitutional ban unconstitutional has been stayed until the appeal has been heard
I had hoped to have good news from Michigan since lawyers on both sides had agreed to have the case decided on arguments and briefs, but a federal judge has decided to hear expert testimony on February 25 first. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/michigans-2004-gay-marriage-ban-faces-challenge-20583470