Federal Judge Overturns Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban

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Detroit, MI Judge Bernard Friedman has overturned a ban on gay marriage in Michigan, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

Judge Friedman did not issue a stay on his ruling, which would allow same-sex couples to immediately apply for marriage licenses in Michigan.

Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed an emergency request for stay and appeal of the federal judge’s ruling with the Sixth District Court.

Michigan voters approved the ban on gay marriage in 2004, but April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse challenged it in court. The two women are nurses, who have been together for eight years, and are raising three adopted children together in a suburb of Detroit.

Under Michigan's law, they are unable to jointly adopt the children, because they are not married. This could cause custodial and other legal issues if one of the women died.

Stay with WILX.com and News 10 for more updates as more information becomes available.

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