Appeals court upholds Michigan's gay marriage ban

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Appeals court upholds Michigan’s gay marriage ban

By Tresa Baldas | Detroit Free Press

Michigan2In a major blow to the gay-rights movement, a federal appeals court today denied same-sex couples the right to marry in four states — including Michigan — concluding that voters should decide whether gay marriage is a good idea or not.

“When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals wrote in its 42-page ruling. “Better in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike … resolve a new social issue in a fair-minded way.”

In a 2-1 decision, the 6th Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The court issued its highly anticipated decision three months after hearing same-sex marriage cases from all four states, where federal judges had previously struck down bans on constitutional grounds.

The 6th Circuit overturned those decisions, concluding judges shouldn’t be deciding whether gays and lesbians should marry or not.

“Of all the ways to resolve this question, one option is not available: a poll of the three judges on this panel …. Our judicial commissions did not come with such a sweeping grant of authority, one that would allow just three of us — just two of us in truth — to make such a vital policy call for 32 million citizens who live within the four states of the 6th Circuit,” the court wrote.

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The panel also had this to say about the definition of marriage: ” … for better, for worse … marriage has long been a social institution defined by relationships between men and women. So long defined, the tradition is measured in millennia, not centuries or decades.”

While the ruling came as a huge blow to the two Michigan plaintiffs who challenged Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, they remain adamant that they will win the right to marry before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We’re going straight to the Supreme Court,” said Dana Nessel, lead attorney for Hazel Park nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. “We feel absolutely confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will accept one of the cases out of the 6th Circuit, most likely Michigan’s or Kentucky’s.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet weighed in on the issue of gay marriage. Now that there’s a split in the federal appeals courts on the issue — the gay-marriage movement has won 30-plus cases in the last year — the Supreme Court will likely take up the issue, she said.

“We feel the Supreme Court was waiting for this,” Nessell said. “We’re looking forward to this issue being resolved once and for all for in this country, and I have every confidence that by the end of June 2015, there will be marriage equality in all 50 states.”

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who has long vowed to uphold the will of the Michigan voters in preserving traditional marriage, issued a brief statement on the 6th Circuit ruling.

“As I have stated repeatedly, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word on this issue. The sooner they rule, the better, for Michigan and the country,” Schuette wrote.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also weighed in, stating that Michigan’s same-sex couples who married during a window of opportunity in February are considered legally married. However, he said, they are not eligible for various state benefits unless the 6th Circuit opinion is overturned.

 

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11 Comments on “Appeals court upholds Michigan's gay marriage ban”

  1. Mardoche

    This might be me over-thinking or ever-analyzing the whole gay rights issue but have noticed that when gay couples have children, they are usually black. I might be wrong.

  2. walk23

    The 6th Circuit has now effectively forced the Supreme Court to rule, something it has avoided. Hopefully Wise argument comes before our highest court and causes them to bow to the even Higher Court. This court’s ruling has stopped the momentum of those who have advocated for this issue.
    I think now is the time that the Body of Christ, during this pause, to note where certain people and denominations have stood on this issue, and with this notation to replace those who have acted as leaders before with those who stood firm on the Word. Al Sharpton is an example of one who bowed down to this spirit and has called the cause of the LGBT as one of equality equated it to the civil rights era. I believe he got it wrong on this issue and needs to be quiet from now on, until he changes his position. The LGBT has seduced whole denominations and mega preachers and they too should be noted who have bowed to this spirit. The Body should use this time to note those who would lead it astray.

    1. jack

      Well said, there is a higher court indeed. And if they don’t bow, let us continue to bow to him. And like you said note does who don,t.

  3. Jennifer

    Even though I know this world has to get super ugly.. I am no pleased about gay marriage period among other issues; but why should my children play in a park turn their head and see big men cuddled up or women doing the same thing. I’m so displeased with this mess. God I’m begging for our little ones to hold on to their innocence in You. Cover their eyes and ears from this foolishness. In Jesus Christ.

  4. Kyandia Peters

    Hello and I’m from Michigan and I am super excited the power of Prayer works!!! People were so angry at us as Christians and Im like why be mad at us for taking a stand and preaching the word of God if you upset and don’t like fall on your knees and go beforw God with it!!! They want us to sit down and ahut and I refuse to I will continue to speak the word of God in truth, love and with boldness in Jesus Name. By the way We love every Truth Behind Hiphop series may God continue to bless you Pastor G. Craig Lewis and your ministry.

  5. jack

    Marriage was intended to be a moral commitment for a male and female to replenish the earth. For this movement it’s more of a money commitment, benefits, taxes. Root of all evil? KEEP PRAYING and keep your voter registration updated.

  6. jack

    I don’t have all the fruits of the Spirit yet, temperance being one that needs cultivation. Sometimes Marvin the Martian comes outs, and he doesn’t form sentences very well. Bear with me folks, I’m a work under construction. You guys (commentators) continue to amaze me with your love of GOD. May GOD Bless all that know and do HIS will.

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