A judge in Michigan just ruled that its ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal in the state. This makes Michigan the 17th state (not counting D.C.) to allow same-sex unions. Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Utah also overturned bans, but appeals on those decisions were put in right away, making marriage in those states still technically illegal. Still, this a huge step forward a long time in the make.
While the decision was widely applauded and supporters by voters in Michigan, there are still those who seek to protest and appeal the decision. However, surprisingly, this judge's decision wasn't made pending appeal -- which means that the first gay couple in Michigan has already tied the knot! This is awesome news. I hope Michigan serves as an example to other states in the union. Gay marriage should be the rule, not the exception.
Michigan was moved to re-evaluate and make this decision after the case of Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer became known. The two nurses live together along with three, adopted special needs children. Under Michigan state law, they were unable to adopt each other's children. Their lawsuit and the spate of attention that was drawn to their particular situation was definitely influential in providing equality for all. I can't imagine how they are feeling today. Overjoyed probably doesn't even begin to cover it.
What do you think of the judge's decision?
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