Federal Judge Schedules February 25 Trial on Constitutionality of Michigan Marriage Amendment

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman heard arguments on October 16 from the state of Michigan and lawyers for a lesbian couple who want to jointly adopt each other’s children, before announcing that he was denying each side’s motion for summary judgment and scheduling a February 25 trial on the constitutionality of the Michigan Marriage Amendment.  The Amendment’s constitutionality is an issue in the case because Michigan’s adoption statute only allows couples who are married to … <Read More>

Michigan may be the next state to defend its ban on same-sex marriage in a federal court trial.

Senior U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman, appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, ruled on July 1 that a Michigan lesbian couple is entitled to a trial of their claim that the state adoption law, forbidding same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, and the Michigan Marriage Amendment (MMA), forbidding same-sex marriages, violate their rights under the 14th Amendment.  Rejecting the state’s motion to dismiss the case, Judge Friedman cited the Supreme … <Read More>