Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court


Within 24 hours of the gay marriage ban in Michigan being overturned by a federal judge, hundreds of same-sex couples were married, but the wave of marriages might be temporary. The 6th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court in Cincinnati reinstated the Michigan gay marriage ban late yesterday following the original Friday decision to overturn the ban made by a judge from the lower courts.

The hold is temporary until Wednesday. The appeals court said that it would give more time for the state to reach a “more reasoned consideration” regarding Michigan’s effort to reverse the decision and to examine Judge Bernard Friedman’s reversal decision.

Earlier Saturday, before the ban was temporarily reinstated, county clerks in Michigan opened their doors to issue the first same-sex marriage licenses in the state. The first marriage license was issued to the pair of Marsha Caspar, 52, and Glenna DeJong, 53, at 8 a.m. in Ingham County by clerk Barb Byrum, who also married them. The couple has been in a relationship for 27 years before being able to wed. Caspar said she believed that “in [her] lifetime it would happen,” but is still surprised and overwhelmed. She said she “still can’t believe it.”

The Ingham County Clerk’s office was not the only one to open for marriage licenses; there were at least three other counties that opened and issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Reportedly, the Ingham, Oakland, Washtenaw and Muskegon counties dispensed more than 300 licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Saturday before the Michigan gay marriage ban was reinstated by the federal appeals court.

Bill Schuette, Michigan attorney general, put in an emergency request for a stay while awaiting an appeal. The stay was issued by the court only hours after the court was told to respond to Schuette’s request. The request was made quickly following Friedman’s decision to overturn the 2004 overwhelmingly voter-approved same-sex marriage ban. Friedman’s decision did not allow the state any time to make an appeal or implement the new legislation. Friedman said that what the voters want is not a justification for stomping out the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

DeJong and Caspar anticipated they stay. DeJong said that all she and Caspar needed for a push to wed was the looming threat of a stay. The couple said they knew it might not be a possibility to marry on Monday, so they took advantage of the “short window of time.” They were obviously not alone.

Now DeJong and Caspar will have to wait to see if their marriage will continue to be recognized if an appeal goes through. Spokesperson for Schuette, Joy Yearout, refused to address whether Michigan would recognize the marriages in this situation. Yearout said, “The courts will have to sort it out.” University of Michigan Professor Anna Kirkland said in an expert report that the same-sex couples that received their marriage licenses were still married legally irrespective of the courts decisions.

Now, those who did not marry in the first 24 hours of the ban reversal will again have to wait as the Michigan gay marriage ban has been reinstated by the federal appeals court.

By Rebecca Hofland
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14 Responses to "Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court"

  1. Pastor Luke   May 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Mensa, well of course you are moron. I suggest that you not show your ignorance. Don’t cite what my degrees and high honors are in if you want to make a stand..lol. I have no barriers as you do, the worship of “the real” God has no dogma (just your twisted interpretation of what God is makes you dogmatic) look up hypocrisy. Tell you what, how about you detail the creation of the genome by an explosion, DNA, the program of diverse breeding rituals, choice of foods to sustain a particular life form, why identical twins have different souls. Want to challenge me in law, or science and humiliate yourself? Bring on your very best from the start…time to be schooled.

    • chuckgg   May 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Well, I tried to be pleasant but that is beyond your capacity at this point. My only suggestion to you is that you seek professional counseling for your paranoid delusional thoughts. Many people have benefited from counseling. I am sure you, too, will benefit.
      Seek out the root cause of your animosity towards others and your preference to believe in magical thinking versus reality.

      • Pastor Luke   May 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

        You clearly have issues and your capacity to grasp reality is clearly not present. First you need to educate yourself in the definition of paranoid, and delusional for you lack the knowledge to apply the terms properly while you suffer from them. I see you cannot handle a simple question and answer, clearly as not to expose you weak and frail mind. Additionally, again you lack the proper knowledge of the definition of magical. Historicity of Jesus is fully documented by many diverse sources and only an idiot would deny it. Your reality is just that, yours…..Good luck with that:)

        • chuckgg   May 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          After reading your comments and, in particular, your venomous style, I am reminded of a saying my grandfather told me. “Never try to teach a pig to dance. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.”

          He was a WWI veteran and a very sharp guy. He told me it is pointless to try to discuss some issues with some people. I have to agree. You see, there is no point, or really any need, to discuss this with you. Same-sex civil marriage will soon enough be the law of the land. Your views will have no effect on our laws and thus will not affect me. You are entitled to your religious views. No one has any interest or need to attempt to change your views. We will live happily ever after and you will find more issues about which to fret, I suppose, as that is typical of the nature of those so afflicted.

          My choice is to go through life happy. Yours, apparently, is to be a bitter, angry, vindictive, old man, clinging to fairy tales as an anchor for your insecurities.

          I hope you find peace and happiness in your life. You only have one, so my suggestion is to live it to its fullest and enjoy your remaining days. Or, you can wring your hands, complain, and fret about an issue over which you have no control and one which will not in the least affect you or society. Good luck, and frankly, good-bye.

  2. chuckgg   March 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What a ridiculous headline. The “ban” wasn’t as much reinstated as the decision to remove the ban was temporarily stayed until Wednesday. This is very typical and of no consequence. We all know what the outcome of this will be.

  3. Pastor Luke   March 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    So Friedman the Satan worshipper says that what the voters want doesn’t matter huh. However, the right of illegal Sodomy and sexual perversion is a civil right and trumps our right to a legal vote to protect our children from a warped satanic militant paganism forcing our country become Sodom and Gomorrah. He is a child hating Tyrannical Dictator and ignorant of how to apply the law. Time to get some amendments for removing rogue Judges.

    • tlgeer   March 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Religious beliefs have no part of our laws. Our FF’s made sure of that. Friedman can only rule on the law.

      The fact that you do not like, or agree, with his ruling means nothing. From your remarks you have shown that you, quite clearly, no nothing about the law or the Constitution.

      Sodomy is not illegal. Where did you get the idea that it is? And equating a ruling that you don’t like as being Satanic is nonsense.

      In fact, you don’t seem to have a very good grasp on what the Bible even has to say. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of in-hospitality, not because of homosexuality. God made that very clear in the reasons that he gave for destroying them.

      • Pastor Luke   May 23, 2014 at 10:08 am

        First of all our Judicial system is based on Biblical principles, see the book of Judges. Even the number of jurors is based on the 12 apostles. You really need to read up on history that’s is why we are “One nation under God”…lol. but now rejecting him with pagan abominations like you. You are supporting the downfall of the nation and it is not his ruling it is him not obeying the law and “litigating from the bench”. No justice is served by supporting immorality and immorality is not a civil right. The very term sodomy is from the city of Sodom and look up “sodomy laws” Anything that is immoral is of Satan and the bible states this quite clearly. As a matter of fact you are considered a Jezebel for supporting this and she was a Satan worshipper too and immoral. Genesis 19:3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Educate yourself or be made a fool again. Don’t even try to challenge me on the bible…lol.

    • Nicholas M   March 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      God isnt real, you lunatic. I have never read a more ridiculous paragraph of nonsese in my life.

      • Pastor Luke   May 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        Idiot, get your IQ tested. Do you even realize the statistical impossibility of the finite balance of everything on earth. Oh yea the Big Bang created the complex DNA and the Genome. Don’t humiliate yourself on top of going to hell…lol.

        • chuckgg   May 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

          Again, I really suggest a course of study that involves science, law, and critical thinking. Set aside emotions for a moment and approach this study with an open mind and without the barriers imposed by strict adherence to dogmatic religions. Then, after that course of study, reevaluate your positions. If you arrive at the same conclusion, at least then you know you have reviewed fairly both sides of the issues at hand.

        • chuckgg   May 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

          Oh, and one other point: I have had my IQ tested and have been a card-carrying member of Mensa since July of 1980.

  4. jimmy   March 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Bill Schuette -public enemy #1

  5. tlgeer   March 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    “Now DeJong and Caspar will have to wait to see if their marriage will continue to be recognized if an appeal goes through.”

    Because they were married when it was legal for SSM in the State of MI, the courts cannot revoke that. They are legally married and, unless they choose to divorce, they will stay married.

    This issue has nothing to do with what the majority of voters want. It has to do with being treated equally under the law, the 14th Amendment. SCOTUS has ruled, 14 times, that marriage is a fundamental right. It does not apply to only those that the majority agree’s with.

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