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Marriage equality coming soon to a state near you…errr…us: OHIO!

Now let’s just call it “marriage”

THIS is fantastic news:

Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will issue a ruling April 14 striking down Ohio’s gay marriage ban passed by voters in 2004. Attorney Al Gerhardstein, representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit about birth certificates, amended his request to ask Black to declare all aspects of Ohio’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. In federal court Friday morning, the judge said he would do that.

Like in Michigan, this case started out as a same-sex couple adoption issue. In this case, three lesbian couples sued the state of Ohio to force them to list both parents on their children’s birth certificates.…

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Ypsilanti Township woman married during repeal of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban becomes a victim of hate crime assault

This shall not deter our fight

An Ypsilanti Township woman who was married during the 24-hour window when same-sex marriage was legal in Michigan a week and a half ago was assaulted on Monday, the victim of an anti-gay hate crime. The day of unbounded joy was, apparently, a catalyst for brimming hatred to overflow into the tragically violent attack.

The woman told investigators she got off the bus in the area and was walking home through an apartment parking lot. Three men approached her, with one of them using a homophobic slur, calling her a derogatory name for a woman and asking her if she had recently been on the news.…
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BREAKING: Federal government to recognize nearly 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan, Snyder administration won’t


Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

The nearly 300 same-sex couples who were married last Saturday in Michigan will have their marriages recognized by the federal government. The Snyder administration has said that they will NOT recognize them or give the couples the benefits afforded heterosexual married couples even though they believe the marriages are legal.

The U.S. government will recognize about 300 same sex marriages that were performed in Michigan on Saturday before a federal appeals court issued a stay blocking further marriages pending a full review.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department has decided the couples are entitled to all federal benefits that other married couples receive.

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What do Michigan AG Bill Schuette and white nationalist Kyle Bristow have in common? Anti-gay bigotry.

We shall know you by the company that you keep

As Michigan Attorney General and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette continues his crusade to deny gay and lesbian couples their civil rights and equality under state law, he finds himself with interesting company. It turns out the white nationalist Kyle Bristow has filed an amicus brief (pdf) in support of Governor Snyder and AG Schuette’s appeal the recent federal court ruling that our state’s discriminatory same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. He’s doing it on behalf of the “Traditionalist Youth Network LLC”. Their website is HERE but I highly recommend avoiding it if racism and bigotry are triggers for you.…

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Republican Governor Snyder: “Same-sex marriages are legal but my administration won’t recognize them”

Pretzel logic at its finest

This afternoon Governor Snyder acknowledged that the nearly 300 same-sex marriages that were performed last Saturday are legal. He then said his administration won’t recognize them.

With respect to the marriages, we believe those are legal and valid marriages. The stay being issued makes it more complicated. Because of the stay, we won’t recognize the benefits of the marriage until there’s a removal of the stay.

It’s a rather astonishing display of pretzel logic to say that the marriages are legal but that he can’t enforce them until the stay is lifted. The stay is on any further marriages and nothing in it prevents the state from recognizing those already performed as legal.…

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Federal Court of Appeals grants Gov. Snyder and AG Schuette’s request to halt same-sex marriage until Appeals Court rules

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

After District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional last Friday afternoon, he did not stay his own decision pending the outcome of any appeals. Because of this, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette, acting on behalf of Gov. Rick Snyder, filed an emergency request to stay the decision. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t weigh in until nearly 24 hours later, during which time over 300 same-sex couples where issued licenses and nearly 300 were married in Michigan. Saturday evening, the Sixth Circuit did issue a temporary stay, halting any further marriages.…

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VIDEO: Get outchyer hankies. April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse learn of the overturning of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban

I’m verklempt

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Michigan lesbian couple whose lawsuit against the state of Michigan led to the overturning of our state’s discriminatory same-sex marriage ban weren’t notified of the District Court Judge Bernard Friedman’s decision ahead of time. Instead, like the rest of us, they and their attorney Dana Nessel had to wait until it was posted online.

Here’s video of the moment when they learned they had triumphed. It’s emotional and sweet and historic:


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Snyder administration refuses to recognize marriages of same-sex couples, AG Holder urged to show federal support

Republicans on the wrong side of history yet again

Governor Rick Snyder is refusing to recognize over 300 same-sex marriages that took place on Saturday. None of the rights and privileges extended to heterosexual married couples will be given to these newlyweds as Gov. Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette pander to their homophobic base in an election year.

Unfortunately for them, they are on the wrong side of history and, more importantly, on the wrong side of the majority of Michiganders who support marriage equality.

The impact is already being felt:

@Eclectablog A couple went to a S.O.S. this morning for a name change….and were denied.…

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More than just security for your family, a marriage license gives same-sex couples a feeling of legitimacy.

“We are changing the world today.”

“I feel like I can breath now,” Diane VanDorn told me on Sunday after being married to her partner Connie Greer on Saturday at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office in Ann Arbor. Diane and Connie were one of the first of 300 same-sex couples that were married in Michigan that day.

Diane and Connie, both public school teachers in Ann Arbor, have been together for 17 years. They have four kids, Kaélan, 25, Nora, 8, and twins Hadden and Fletcher, 6, and live in Dexter with the three youngest children.

Diane left late from a conference on Friday night and drove past the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office prepared to get in line just in case one had started to form.…

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PHOTOS: 300 Michigan same-sex couples wed during a one-day window of marriage equality

Same-sex marriage makes people cry

[All non-Twitter photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.]

Around 300 same-sex Michigan couples took advantage of a one-day window when they were allowed to marry legally yesterday. Four County Clerks — Nancy Waters in Muskegon, Barb Byrum in Ingham, Lawrence Kestenbaum in Washtenaw, and Lisa Brown in Oakland — opened their offices on Saturday to make it happen. The response was like a water-swollen damn bursting.

The infectious tears of happiness and relief flowed in crystal droplets of joy.

Gay marriage and #MImarriageequality makes people cry #MarriageEquality

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) March 22, 2014

Anne I started out at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office just as it was opening at 9 a.m.…

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