Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ban

two menLANSING, Mich. — A federal judge appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan has struck down Michigan’s same-sex ‘marriage’ ban, declaring that the state’s constitutional amendment violates the federal constitution.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman handed down his 31-page opinion on Friday, stating that despite views to the contrary, Michigan officials must allow homosexuals to “marry” and adopt children together.

“Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage,” he wrote. “Nonetheless, these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.”

Voters in Michigan had passed a marriage amendment in 2004 that made it unlawful to conduct or recognize same-sex “marriages” in the state. It was passed with 59 percent of the vote, or nearly 2.7 million ballots cast in the favor of the measure.

“To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose,” the state constitutional amendment read.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had argued before the court that overturning the amendment would essentially make null and void the will of the people. But Friedman ruled on Friday that although a certain position is firmly held among the people, it doesn’t mean that it is constitutional.

“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,” he wrote. “No court record of this proceeding could ever fully convey the personal sacrifice of these two plaintiffs who seek to ensure that the state may no longer impair the rights of their children and the thousands of others now being raised by same-sex couples.”

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Unlike other justices, Friedman did not issue a stay of his ruling pending appeal. Therefore, Schuette filed for an emergency stay with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“In 2004, the citizens of Michigan recognized that diversity in parenting is best for kids and families because moms and dads are not interchangeable,” he wrote in a statement. “Michigan voters enshrined that decision in our state constitution, and their will should stand and be respected.”

In the meantime, officials with several county offices in the state announced that they would be opening their doors on Saturday for those who wished to apply for marriage licences.

Last year, Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan asserted at a Juneteenth Celebration that Governor Rick Snyder should ignore any unlawful ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court surrounding marriage and “defend the vote of the people of Michigan and our state Constitution.”

“With the heritage we have from the freedom fighters and the Freedom Riders who came before us, God forgive us if we fail to stand,” he declared. “But if we do, as Martin Luther King said, we should do to fulfill our Christian duty. We will threaten those, we will overcome those, who threaten our faith and freedom. And we will be proud to stand with you in that struggle for our faith [and] we will be blessed for doing so.”

Michigan’s same-sex “marriage” lawsuit was filed in 2012 by two lesbian women, April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse, who currently raise three special needs children together. The two are seeking to tie the knot and to adopt each other’s children. Michigan is now the 18th state to legalize homosexual “marriage.”

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  • Rev Clyde Baker

    The Locktown deacon thinks people will grow tired of ‘legislating judges’. On the contrary, I am confident people will grow tired of the foolish, unchristian effort to exclude devout LGBT Christians from the blessings of marriage, parenting and vocation. Our children and grandchildren will be worshiping, working and playing side by side with them and amused by the few leftover fussbudgets who find themselves incapable of recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit.

    • James J. Grimes

      Rev. what? Do you read the Bible? If so, do you believe that it is the absolute, inerrant, and infallible Word of God? God speaks on this issue much better than any of us is capable of doing.

      Get real or go somewhere else. This is a Christian Bible-believing site. If you are going to argue with God’s Word, you are not welcome here.

      Locktown Deacon

      • Solomon Jewel

        Ah wonderful James J. Grimes, I can feel the true love of Christ in your babble. I can just hear Jesus now, Get real or go somewhere else. Too funny.

    • Jay

      Apparently some think that some sins are worse than others Rev Baker.

      For me in regards to accusing people I think it would be wise to limit my condemnation of a sort to those people that I am sure that the Lord would condemn as they fall short, after all he did not condemn at least one adulteress. And right now who I will speak against is pretty much limited to religious hypocrites and people that actually hurt others. And even they can be turned around if the Apostle Paul’s life is any indication.

    • Jay

      How about trying these on for size, from the 1599 Geneva Bible.

      Compare this:
      “For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet faileth in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill. Now though thou doest none adultery, yet if thou killest, thou art a transgressor of the Law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judgeth by the Law of liberty.
      13 For there shall be condemnation merciless to him that showeth not mercy, and mercy rejoiceth against condemnation.

      WITH THIS:
      Now Moses in our Law commanded, that such should be stoned: what sayest thou therefore?
      And this they said to tempt him, that they might have, whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground,
      And while they continued asking him, he lifted himself up, and said unto them, Let him that is among you without sin, cast the first stone at her.
      And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

      AND THIS:
      They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

  • Webb

    Another corrupt, pro-sodomite Democrat “judge” makes law contrary to the will of the people. Evil is good and good is evil, says the judge. God will judge the judge.

  • Gary M Baker

    I would rather Mr. Jewel stay right hear on this site he’s right, I am brainwashed, it’s the Blood of Jesus that washed it. There was a time I looked at life a lot like he does. Then I sought the truth, why not? So I was honest with my self and did a little research. I wasn’t afraid of anything he is afraid of the Bible, so I looked in to it I was not afraid of anything. I was determined to find the truth for my self. I was tired of examining other people’s opinions. I needed to know truth, you know even in a court of man’s law the prosecuting attorney and the defense has a right to the same evidence and information and equal time to present and prepare the case. I doubt if Mr. Jewel has given God five minute of his time before you come to a verdict you owe it to yourself, and God. Looking at the Bible reading the book of John and study the evidence, see what it really says, and because of fear that he will find truth he hasn’t the courage to examine it. Sir I council you to do so rev.gary baker

    • Solomon Jewel

      Rev. Gary m Baker,

      Rev. Gary Baker, sorry I have not written sooner but you know how it gets, busy, busy, busy.

      1. As to your doubt that I have “given God five minutes” of my time, let me assure you that I have given more than 2 decades of my time. Though not ordained, I have been a Certified Licensed Minister in a Xian denomination, having performed performed numerous weddings and church sacraments. I say this only to assuage your doubts, and make no claim or suggestion beyond that.

      2. As to my doubt, raised by your response, I doubt there has ever been a time when looked at life as I do. Perhaps our visions have crossed at some point in time, but we were surely going in very different directions. Should there come a time when believe you do know how I look at life I invite you to describe that to me.

      3. Lastly I am amazed that you would speak of “evidence”, for it exists only in the perversion of the word. I was firstly amazed that there exists not an iota of record supporting your claim to the person-hood the Jesus, outside of the many bibles. That, in a time when literacy flourished. I have been assured this is as God would have it be, can’t have real evidence getting in the way of faith. Not a single piece of evidence, yet 7 X 70 contradictions of fact, historical, geological, astrological, and all the other logicals.

      Anyway, I just came here to gain a different perspective Leviticus 20:13, but instead have been assailed with name calling and innuendo, from the persecuting Xians. I still do not understand what you are whining about.


  • Lou

    Harvey Milk Stamped “Out” Forever !

    The Obama Cabal is behind universal GAYety with a “forever” postage stamp glorifying Harvey Milk, a Jewish homosexual predator “attracted to boys aged 15-19,” according to WikiAnswers! (Also see Wikipedia.)
    Global gaydom was even predicted by Jesus (see “days of Lot” in Luke 17 and compare with Genesis 19).
    And the Hebrew prophet Zechariah (14th chapter) says that during the same end-time gay “days” ALL nations will come against Israel and fulfill the “days of Noah” at the same time (see Luke 17 again) – a short time of anti-Jewish genocide found in Zechariah 13:8 when two-thirds of all Jews will die.
    In other words, when “gay days” have become universal, all hell will break loose!
    Shockingly, the same “days” will trigger the “end of days” – and when they begin, worldwide human government will quickly wind down in just a few short years! For the first time in history there won’t be enough time for anyone to even attend college, let alone have a family, save money, enjoy retirement, etc.
    One final thought. The more we see gays “coming out,” the sooner Jesus will be “coming down”!
    For more, Google or Yahoo “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality. When gays have birthdays…,” “FOR GAYS ONLY: Jesus Predicted…” and “USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans!”