On Friday March 24th, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman stuck down Michigan’s ban on same sex marriage.
This is a good thing.
The United States should not be a county that denies the rights of individual based on sexual preference any more then we should denying someone their rights based on the color of their skin or ethnicity.
On Saturday March 22nd, several County Clerks offices in Michigan open their doors to all the couples who wished to get married. Several hundred couples showed up at the Oakland County Clerks office to get their paperwork.
I went to Affirmations in Ferndale to see my friend Ferndale Mayor David Coulter preform the first legal same-sex marriage in Ferndale.
It was a great experience see this couple who have been together for 14 years, get the chance to enjoy the “right ” that so many hetrosexual couples take for granted. Ken and Zack were very gracious in allowing the assembled folks to witness their big event.
With all the folks shooting pictures of the service these two are going to have quite a interesting wedding album.
Unfortunetly, later that Saturday afternoon the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals put a “Stay” on Judge Friedman ruling. “To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the district court judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday,” the 6th Circuit said in an order late Saturday.“
I’m not sure what that means since are AG Bill Schutte used no “reason” in his defense of the same-sex marriage ban in court.