Tag Archives: Michigan

MICHIGAN: State Ordered To Recognize 300 Marriages Conducted Before Stay

Via the Detroit Free Press: A federal judge validated 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan today, calling them a “fundamental right.” “In these circumstances, what the state has joined together, it may not put asunder.,” U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said in his opinion. The 300 couples wed last March after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same …

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MICHIGAN: No Unemployment Benefits For Fired Anti-Gay Former State Attorney

Via the Associated Press: A state attorney fired for an anti-gay campaign against a college student can’t collect unemployment benefits, the Michigan appeals court says, rejecting claims that his off-hours activities were protected by the First Amendment. The attorney general’s office was justified in firing Andrew Shirvell in 2010 because his posts on Facebook and an anti-gay blog, as well …

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Tomorrow: Another Big Day For Marriage

Tomorrow the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Lots of LGBT journos will be there in New Orleans, including Kathleen Perrin of Equality Case Files. Things kick off at 9AM local time and I’ll be posting live tweets from the reporters as well as any audio and video …

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SCOTUS To Consider Four More Marriage Cases At January Conference

We already know about Louisiana and now four more have been added. Via Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed: The Supreme Court is set to consider on Jan. 9 whether it will hear appeals of same-sex couples’ marriage challenges in cases out of five states, one of the legal teams representing the couples told BuzzFeed News on Monday. “The Tanco [Tennessee case] …

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MICHIGAN: GOP-Dominated State House OK’s Anti-Gay “Religious Freedom” Bill

It’s Arizona all over again. MSNBC reports: Michigan’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a controversial religious freedom bill, teeing up what civil liberties advocates fear will be another wave of GOP-backed legislation that could cripple LGBT rights. The bill, HB 5958, zipped through the House Judiciary Committee Thursday morning and then the full chamber on a 59-50 party-line vote …

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MICHIGAN: State House Stalls LGBT Rights Bill After Anti-Gay Speech

The Michigan House yesterday tabled a comprehensive LGBT rights bill after testimony by anti-gay activist Rev. Stacy Swimp. Via Raw Story: “This proposed legislation is yet another step in the assault on religious freedom,” Swimp opined. “I asked the Commerce Committee today, can you truly define sexual orientation? Do you truly know what you are potentially aligning yourselves with? There’s …

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SCOTUSblog On Marriage Momentum

Lyle Denniston writes for SCOTUSblog: A second state — Louisiana — told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Justices should consider taking on the constitutional dispute over same-sex marriage without waiting further. It is important, the state said in urging prompt review of a federal judge’s decision upholding Louisiana’s ban on such marriages, that the Court examine the dispute …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: State Asks Fourth Circuit Court Not To Rule On Appeal

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson yesterday petitioned the Fourth Circuit Court, asking that they not rule on his marriage appeal until the Supreme Court issues a decision on the cases out of Sixth Circuit. Wilson, like his counterparts in several other states, is desperately trying to keep his case alive so that marriage equality can be undone should SCOTUS …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “More victories this week in some very conservative states. We’re now closer than ever to the start of marriage in Arkansas and Mississippi. Florida is refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to a couple after they married and changed their last name. And support for marriage has skyrocketed in Wyoming.”

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SCOTUSblog On Michigan

Lyle Denniston writes for SCOTUSblog: The same-sex marriage constitutional controversy reached the Supreme Court on Monday in its simplest form, testing the constitutionality of a state’s denial of a right to marry for same-sex couples. That is the sole issue raised in a new petition filed by a Michigan lesbian couple who want to marry and want the right for …

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Michigan And Kentucky Plaintiffs Petition SCOTUS For Review Of Marriage Cases

This afternoon the plaintiffs in the Michigan and Kentucky marriage equality cases both filed petitions with the Supreme Court which request a review of the Sixth Circuit Court decision that upheld the bans in their states. Late last week plaintiffs in the Ohio and Tennessee cases filed their petitions. Hit the above links to read the petitions. GOP Michigan Gov. …

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MICHIGAN: State Argues That Sixth Circuit Ruling Invalidates Existing Marriages

The state of Michigan yesterday filed an attempt to void the 300+ same-sex marriages that took place there  during the brief period that it was legal. According to the office of Gov. Rick Snyder, last week’s ruling by the Sixth Circuit invalidated those marriages. “Consequently, from a legal standpoint, because the marriages rested solely on the district court’s erroneous decision, …

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White Supremacists Applaud Sixth Circuit For Using Their Anti-Gay Arguments

Back in March, I reported that the Traditional Youth Network, a white supremacist group, had filed an amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit Court in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is defending the ban, was put in the uncomfortable position of denouncing a brief in support of his case, saying that the …

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All Four States Headed To SCOTUS

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FOTF Has The Sixth Circuit Gladz

Reposted after being made private earlier today.

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Editorial Of The Day

From the Detroit Free Press: If ever there were a sign that the U.S. Supreme Court needed to weigh in, forcefully, to tip the federal balance in favor of fairness and equality, this was it. The 2-1 Sixth Circuit ruling overturns an opinion by District Court Judge Bernard Friedman that found Michigan’s 2004 voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage to be …

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Michigan Catholics Have The Gladz

“Today’s ruling is a joyous occasion for many communities and families across the state that have sought to protect the traditional definition of marriage. Those who ruled in the majority deserve applause for applying the rule of law and for recognizing voter intent to secure one man and one woman in marriage. By upholding the Michigan Marriage Amendment, the Court …

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MICHIGAN: Gov. Rick Snyder Vows To Continue Same-Sex Marriage Ban Defense

Via Michigan Live: Michigan’s gay marriage ban remains in place after a federal court ruling on Thursday, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette both made clear they will continue to defend it. “When I became governor, I took an oath to support and defend our state constitution, without exceptions,” Snyder said in a statement, referencing the …

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SCOTUSblog On The Sixth Circuit

Lyle Denniston writes at SCOTUSblog: The challengers in the cases in the four states of the Sixth Circuit now have two legal options: First, they can ask the full Sixth Circuit bench (the en banc court) to reconsider their cases. If it does so, the panel decision released Thursday would be wiped out and the en banc court would start …

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The Marriage Map Just Got Redder

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