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Same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, says federal judge

by: Eric B.

Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 17:33:05 PM EDT

I'm leaving right now to go to a local Lenten fish fry (best damn thing the Catholics have ever done for me), so things are sketchy. No links, but I'm seeing it all over social media. Go apey in comments.

Chad Livengood tweets this response from Michigan's finest legal mind:

"Michigan voters enshrined that decision in our State constitution, and their will should stand and be respected."

By the reasoning of Michigan's finest legal mind, if tomorrow the people of Michigan passed a law confiscating all property from evangelical churches, we'd have to put a ruling slapping it down on hold because the vote reflected the will of Michigan voters (Schuette's "will of the voters" is a decade old, naturally).

Update! ... Made a change. We'll leave it like that for a few days in honor of what's happened, or until someone can make a credible copyright infringement argument and I just take it down (I make no claim of ownership, nor will it make me any money, but we're charitable people).

Meanwhile, rejoice friends, this is a tremendous day.

Update2! ... The Detroit Free Press has a fine, excellent editorial this evening.

The ruling is also a humiliating defeat for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who squandered hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars to mount a pathetic legal defense that demeaned his office and disserved his constituents. He would be well advised not to compound his bad judgment by appealing Friedman’s decision.

Well, he's asked for a stay, which means he clearly intends to appeal Friendman's ruling. So the hundreds of thousands of dollars squandered on his pathetic legal defense of bigotry has the opportunity to eventually hit seven figures! As for the Freep's edtorial, it is a perfect example of why, at the end of the day, we still need professionals doing this kind of work. Probably you won't find what is expressed therein done so as eloquently elsewhere.

Update3! ... Word is that the Washtenaw County Clerk's office will be open from 9 to 1 tomorrow to issue marriage licenses. As some of you might know, Clerk Larry Kestenbaum has been seen around these parts.

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Oh no! My marriage is doomed!

(Insert obligatory sarcasm disclaimer.)

Run for your wife!!!!!

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