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Schuette to Defend Constitution, Will of the People through Appeal of Court Ruling Striking Down Marriage Amendment to Michigan Constitution

Contact: Joy Yearout 517-373-8060

March 21, 2014  

LANSING -  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced he has filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling striking down Article 1 Section 25 of the Michigan Constitution, also known as the Marriage Amendment.  The amendment was approved by 2.7 million Michigan voters in 2004.

"In 2004 the citizens of Michigan recognized that diversity in parenting is best for kids and families because moms and dads are not interchangeable.  Michigan voters enshrined that decision in our State constitution, and their will should stand and be respected.  I will continue to carry out my duty to protect and defend the Constitution," said Schuette.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman ruled against the Michigan Constitution in DeBoer v. Snyder on March 21, 2014 following a two week trial to evaluate the "rational basis" for voters' decision to define marriage as between one man and one woman. 

 

Schuette noted that Judge Bernard Friedman stayed his ruling pending the outcome of appeal:

"Judge Friedman's decision is stayed pending the outcome of appeal, so the Michigan Constitution and the decision of the voters remains in full effect.  We have filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit." 

 

Adverse rulings against marriage laws by federal judges in Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia were all stayed pending the outcome of appeal.  When trial and appellate courts refused requests for stay in the case involving the Utah Marriage law, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and granted the Utah Attorney General's request for stay.    

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