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Trial wraps in Detroit, ruling expected next week

by: Eric B.

Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:30:45 PM EST

From Detroit:

Just minutes ago, Judge Friedman announced that he will not issue a ruling today on if Michigan’s ban on same-gender marriages violates the US Constitution. He will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the case before issuing his ruling.

That means that there will not be any same-sex marriage licenses issued today in Michigan - and the opportunity to have them has been pushed out at a week. We will be posting information to our Marriage Equality Center as it becomes available.

Based on stuff I saw on the Twitters, the state's concluding argument is that it should be okay to discriminate if lots of people are behind it. Good argument, that.

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Great Lakes, Great Times.

Seems like the ruling
is a foregone conclusion, based on the state's failure to make any sort of case, and the precedent set by the many favorable rulings of late.

We have to wait for the sound of bigot's heads exploding...

I have to say I'm a bit surprised this trial hasn't gotten more play in the national media for a whole host of reasons.  The first major reason is that a full-on trial of this kind is very rare on this issue.  Second, as you pointed out, the defense was so incredibly and comically horrible as to be laughable regardless of where one falls on the issue of equality.  And last but not least, this rare kind of trial will have far more national implications in overturning these marriage bans than even some of the previous cases that overturned bans.  

I don't think we've seen a trial in the states of this kind that so thoroughly and completely debunked and dismantled the arguments against marriage equality.

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Great points.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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