Judge Scraps Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage
Lesbian partners win right to wed, adopt each others' kids
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2014 4:36 PM CDT
Updated Mar 21, 2014 4:44 PM CDT
April DeBoer, left, and her partner Jayne Rowse hold hands after closing arguments in their trial on March 7.   (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright)

(Newser) – A big court ruling this afternoon sets up Michigan to become the 18th state to allow gay marriage. A federal court judge struck down the state's 2004 ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, reports the Detroit Free Press. The judge sided with lesbian plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who want to marry and adopt each others' children. (All three are adopted kids with special needs.) The couple filed suit in 2012, and today's ruling also strikes down the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples, reports the Detroit News.

Unlike judges in similar cases, US District Judge Bernard Friedman did not stay his ruling pending appeal. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency request to have the ruling put on hold, and he's still awaiting a decision on that from the 6th Circuit Court. In the meantime, gay couples are free to wed. (Update: Some have begun doing so already.)

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Mar 22, 2014 11:45 AM CDT
Ole Fred Phelps must be rolling over in his grave. The Westboro Baptist "church" will need to be working around-the-clock overtime to organize their hate pickets for all the gay marriages around the country.
Darrell Allen Caraway
Mar 22, 2014 10:02 AM CDT
Its not a problem because people made the whole thing up. Its still against morality to sodomize. Who wants to listen to a politician let alone one who likes to be sodomized?
Mar 22, 2014 7:34 AM CDT
Problem: IF God "HATES" (Pro 6:16-19 KJV) a thing, then how will man change what HE hates! HE hates HOMOSEXUALITY, and HE said so in Leviticus 18:22 (Old Testament) and HE said it again in Romans 1:26-27 (New Testament) why do you think HE burnt Sodom and Gomorrah amnd several other cities along w/them from which HE took "LOT" out of before HE did? Why, because Sodom and Gomorrah produced nothing, but slothfulness and greed and perversion. Why don't you read Genesis 18-19 KJV and see! The men of Sodom were trying to have sex w/the angels that God sent to remove LOT, and then HE blinded them for their perversion! HOW do people actually think that GOD has chamged so much to allow Homosexual living when HE would not allow it in Sodom and Gomorrah and had to BURN them to the ground! YOU KNOW, God will visit this nation w/the same results! IF HE doesn't He would be a Liar, and according to Titus 1:2 KJV GOD cannot lie! So...stand by....1 Peter 3:18 KJV