Skip to comments.Gay couples wed across Michigan in 24 hours same-sex marriage was legal (Stay issued)
Posted on 03/23/2014 12:33:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek
PONTIAC, MI -- It was fun while it lasted for hundreds of gay Michigan couples who got married Saturday.
With a voter-approved ban against same-sex nuptials out of the way for about 24 hours, couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses.
But an appeals court put a stop to the immediate wedding planning, issuing a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's Friday ruling that called the Michigan Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Friedman issued a decision that rejected all of the state's arguments that voters made a rational decision in approving the law in 2004, and went as far as praising the plaintiffs for seeking to "ensure that the state may no longer impair the rights of their children and the thousands of others now being raised by same-sex couples."
(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...
Why the “special weekend hours” for this subgroup of citizens? Seems like some county clerks need to be fired.
More pretend BS. Never married. Will end up like the Canaanites.
Give it about 2 years and 90% will be divorced anyway, like Johnny Weir.
Her mum was MI Senate Minority Leader (D), who’s seat she got. She’s harD politico.
It was a political stunt pulled by 4 county clerks. The “marriages” should be voided and the taxpayers reimbursed for the unauthorized use of state and county resources.
In fact, the following references from a related thread help to substantiate the constitutionality of Michigan's Marriage Act imo, contrary to the judge's decision.
The Founding States had made the 10th Amendment to clarify that the Constitution's silence about any issue, such as marriage, means that goverment power to address such an issue is automatically reserved uniquely to the states.
When the Supreme Court decided against polygamy in the late 19th century in Reynolds_v._United_States, justices referenced English common law, indicated in the 7th Amendment, which prohibits anything but one man, one woman traditional marriage.
In fact, note the wording in the Preamble to the Constitution which reflects on traditional marriage.
"... and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity (emphasis added) ...,"
3. The right of suffrage was not necessarily one of the privileges or immunities of citizenship before the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that amendment does not add to these privileges and immunities. It simply furnishes additional guaranty for the protection of such as the citizen already had (emphasis added). Minor v. Happersett, 1874.
So the states are free to make laws which discriminate against the gay agenda imo, as long as such laws do not also unreasonably abridge constitutionally enumerated rights.
Regardless that the corrupt liberal media attempted to distort the Supreme Court's decision concerning the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Section 2 of DOMA is evidently still in effect.
Section 2. Powers reserved to the states
No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.
In fact, DOMA's Section 2 is reasonably based on the Constitution's Section 2 of Article IV, the Full Faith and Credit Clause, which grants Congress the power to regulate the effect of one state's records in the other states.
Are lawyers behind this so they can get more divorce cases?
Not only is the Federal government totally out of control, the two bit buffoons in many local governments have gone over the edge also. Once Americans regain their senses, we need to put a lot of these clowns in jail.
the county clerks need to be jailed for 93 days. bunch of trash. the problem is the Odumb@$$ Justice Department will be in lansing on Monday saying that the stay is not enforceable. If the Odumb@$$ DOJ shows up the MSP should arrest them too, and have immediate trial and hang them for treason the next day.
they truly are stupid, now they can learn the fun of a nasty divorce.
Headline should read “Homosexual couples Wed, etc....” They’re not “gay”.
A great campaign issue for 2014 and 2016 would be for the GOP to run against all the Democratic appointed judges who have ruled in favor of Gay Marriage.
Name the judges and name the president that appointed each judge.
From there the Republicans must promise to pass a Marriage Amendment and repeal or revise the 14th Amendment to remove the Equal Protection Clause.
The judge who ruled in favor of gay marriage was a Reagan appointee.
Great. That bastion of morality and right thinking... Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
I can count the decent judges on that court without having to take off my mittens.
They should go further, every politician should promise to impeach each and every judge who has done this!
So ... are they “living in sin” now?
There is a strategy at play in the whole gay agenda. It appears that Freidman’s law clerk concealed the fact that she was a lesbian to get in the door and then she had years to work on him.
Legalize gay “marriage” and enact all 2700 pages of it in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve... and have buried in there that while queer marriage is ok... divorce is not.
Homosexuals notoriously can not remain faithful or monogamous in their faggotry... so just let the stress, anxiety, grief and depression of being legally trapped in a resentful “relationship” drive them to murder-suicides.
It's not "special." It's GAY as hell.
A misguided lawyer in black robes overturned a rational decision by the voters of the State of Michigan. The decision was rational because men living with men are friends; women living with women are friends.
Men and women are NOT interchangeable no matter what lawyers in black robes say, no matter what the silly younger generation thinks and wants.
From the story in post 20, it looks like the lesbian law clerk emotionally manipulated the judge right down to bringing the kids to court the day the arguments were heard.
Nice to see unelected twerps abusing their powers of office to thwart the will of the voters.
“couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses.”
This is exactly what they did in CA. Then it was the reason for the “equal protection ruling.” You see, since some people were already married, then they would be harmed by a ban on their marriage, as a result gay marriage must be legalized!
I would demand that those clerks show records of how many hetero marriage licenses were given on Saturday, how many business licenses were applied for, how many birth certificates were obtained, how many death certificates were sought, how many people asked for a concealed carry permit?
If they can’t, then it appears that they have violated the equal protection clause and should seriously consider stepping aside and letting someone else do the job.