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Michigan ban on same-sex marriage struck down

The case was brought by April DeBoer (second left) and Jayne Rowse, nurses who each adopted children.
The case was brought by April DeBoer (second left) and Jayne Rowse, nurses who each adopted children. Paul Sancya/Associated Press/File

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NEW YORK — A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, the latest in a string of court decisions across the country to find that denying marriage to gay and lesbian couples is a violation of the Constitution.

“The guarantee of equal protection must prevail,” wrote Judge Bernard A. Friedman of US District Court.

But unlike cases in other states, Friedman did not suspend his decision while the Michigan attorney general pursues an appeal. That means clerks could start issuing licenses Monday unless a higher court intervenes.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said he would immediately ask the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, in Cincinnati, to freeze Friedman’s decision and prevent same-sex couples from marrying while he appeals the case.

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