A federal judge in Michigan today ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman wrote that “The court finds the Michigan Marriage Amendment impermissibly discriminates against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause because the provision does not advance any conceivable state interest.”
Citing similar rulings in Texas, Kentucky, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, Friedman’s ruling affirms that Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, keeping in line with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Unlike the rulings in states like Texas and Virginia, Friedman’s ruling has not been stayed pending appeal, meaning same-sex couples in Michigan would likely be able to marry relatively soon. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday evening he’s filed an emergency request for Friedman’s order to be stayed and appealed.