Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Rulings: No Immediate Impact in Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a gay marriage case from California doesn't have an immediate impact on Michigan's voter-approved ban.

The court didn't make a sweeping statement on the legality of gay marriage Wednesday. It simply let stand a trial judge's decision that the California ban is unconstitutional.

Michigan's gay marriage ban is the subject of a lawsuit in Detroit federal court. It started as a challenge to the state's prohibition on adoption by gay couples, but Judge Bernard Friedman invited the parties to argue whether the 2004 ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

In March, Friedman said he would wait for the Supreme Court decision. The American Civil Liberties Union says the judge still could be influenced by the California ruling that remains intact.

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