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MI Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down, 1st License Issued

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A federal judge in Michigan has declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Michigan residents voted to ban same-sex marriage 10 years ago. The ruling follows a two-week trial that primarily focused on how same-sex parenting affected children. After the ban was overturned, a county clerk in central Michigan issued the state's first marriage license for a same-sex couple this (Saturday) morning. Michigan's attorney general is asking a higher court to freeze Friday's ruling, and some county clerks are putting off issuing marriage licenses to couples until Monday, pending an expected decision on the appeal.
In Indiana, two couples from the Region last week joined in a growing legal fight challenging the Hoosier state's ban on same-sex marriages. The week before four same-sex couples from southern Indiana filed a federal suit asking that Indiana recognize marriages from other states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples. A similar lawsuit was announced just over a week ago on behalf of three same-sex couples from Munster, Chesterton and Whitestown. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller  issued a statement reiterating that he would defend the state's marriage law.


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