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By Head Columnist Joel M.
Michigan could take a giant step forward for civil rights this Wednesday.
In March, however, Judge Friedman delayed the case in deference to the Supreme Court to wait and see how they would treat the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). When DOMA was struck down, Friedman encouraged the Michigan couple to modify their case to also challenge Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage since the two are closely linked.
“In seeking to foster the optimal setting in which to raise children, it is rational to define marriage based on the relationship – one man and one woman – out of which children are ordinarily born. In traditional marriage, there is then both a mother and a father to serve as role models for the children, and the potential for the children to be the offspring of the married couple. Every child has a mother and a father.”
“The mood in the State of Michigan is that people are unanimously agreeing that these laws are irrational. Laws that hurt children without having any benefit to any of our citizens are on their face irrational and violative of the Constitution.”
As of midnight on October 15, a total of seven Michigan county clerks have openly stated that they will issue marriage licenses without the standard two-day waiting period if the circuit court in Detroit indeed overturns the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Those counties are as follows: Bay, Clare, Ingham, Midland, Oakland, Tuscola and Washtenaw.
Several other counties, though not openly affirming that they will issue marriage licenses without a waiting period, did underscore their willingness to comply in such an event that gay marriage is legalized.
“Ottawa County will follow the law. We have been working with the State to complete a new marriage license and application form and we should be ready to go once the State gives the OK.”
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