State's ban on same-sex marriage headed for federal appeal - WNEM TV 5

State's ban on same-sex marriage headed for federal appeals court

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CINCINNATI (WNEM) -

It is now known when Michigan's ban on same sex marriage will go before a federal court of appeals.

Reports say the court will begin hearing arguments in the case on Aug. 6. The voter approved ban was struck down by a judge in March but a stay has been in place ever since while the state of Michigan appeals.

Dozens of couples got hitched in at least four Michigan counties.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman overturned Michigan's constitutional ban, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

Nearly 60 percent of state voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as between a man and a woman.

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