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BREAKING: Federal judge won’t rule immediately on Michigan same-sex marriage ban

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This post was edited and expanded following the court’s written order

The hearing in DeBoer v. Snyder, the federal challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has just concluded and the judge said he won’t issue a final ruling on the merits of the constitutionality of the ban today. Today’s arguments were over motions for summary judgment filed by both sides in the case. The judge said that he is denying the request to issue a summary ruling, and prefers instead to hold a trial on the facts of the case. Specifically, he cited the question of whether there are legitimate state interests for the marriage ban as a matter to decide after evidence is gathered. He denied the defendants’ motion after assuming that the most lenient standard of review, rational basis, applies to the stated justifications for the law. And he denied the plaintiffs’ motion, holding that “the parties must be afforded the opportunity to develop their own record in this matter with the benefit of calling witnesses and subjecting them to cross-examination” instead of relying on conclusions drawn from rulings in other cases.

In the written order denying the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ summary judgment motions, the judge decided the trial date will be February 25.

Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for this filing

2:12-cv-10285 #89 by Equality Case Files


  • 1. Tyler  |  October 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Rulings from trial on issues like this are not harder to overturn. The question doesn't depend on any issues of fact that trial courts are empowered to find at trial. The judge himself said he needs to decide issues of law. I have no idea what facts he intends to try to find at trial–all he needs to do is see that the Supreme Court has said discrimination against gay people is unacceptable and that's what this is.

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  • 3. CValner  |  February 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

    In anticipation of the upcoming Feb. 25, 2014 Michigan same-sex marriage and joint adoption trial, a slideshow set to music of the 10-16-2013 Michigan Marriage Challenge Rally outside Detroit Federal Courthouse prior to DeBoer vs Snyder motion hearing on Michigan same-sex marriage equality and joint same-sex adoption.

  • 4. CValner  |  February 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

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  • 5. Michigan Marriage Equalit&hellip  |  February 24, 2014 at 4:09 am

    […] only the California Proposition 8 and the DOMA cases actually had testimony. But Judge Friedman denied those motions, finding there was a factual question whether there was a legitimate government […]

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