marriage en Trial ends in Michigan gay marriage case, now we wait for the judge's decision <p>The fate of Michigan's constitutional ban on gay marriage now rests with federal Judge Bernard Friedman.</p><p>After nine days of argument, the trial of <a href="">Deboer v. Snyder</a> ended this morning.</p><p>The highly anticipated federal trial began last Tuesday, Feb. 25, and now Judge Friedman says he will weigh all the evidence before making his decision.</p><p>He’s expected to take a couple of weeks to review the case.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:24:33 +0000 Mark Brush 16769 at Trial ends in Michigan gay marriage case, now we wait for the judge's decision MSU study finds divorce takes bigger toll on younger people <p>Conventional wisdom is younger people are able to spring back easier from a divorce.</p><p>But Michigan State University&nbsp;sociologist Hui Liu&nbsp;says her research shows it&rsquo;s just the opposite.</p><p>She studied the self-reported health status of more than 12 hundred divorced Americans.&nbsp; She found the younger the divorced person, the more likely they were to report health problems and for a longer period.</p><p>Liu says the effect only lasts as long as the stress of the divorce.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;What I can see from this study is it&rsquo;s a transitional effect,&quot; says Liu.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Liu speculates life experience is one reason older divorced people cope better.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;If you get divorced at an older age, you know how to handle your life,&quot; says Liu.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The study found that eventually divorced people do return to the same level of health as married people.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;The study appears in the journal&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Social&nbsp;Science &amp; Medicine</em>. Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6081 at MSU study finds divorce takes bigger toll on younger people Report shows increase in pregnancies out of marriage <p>Laura Weber reports:&nbsp;</p><p>Two-thirds of all babies born to Michigan women in their early twenties are born out of wedlock. That&rsquo;s according to a new report from the Michigan League for Human Services.</p><p>The reports shows a significant uptick over the past decade in the number of babies born out of wedlock to women in their twenties.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is with the League. She says teen pregnancies out of wedlock used to be more prevalent.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:15:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Laura Weber 3174 at Report shows increase in pregnancies out of marriage New law clears the way for gay marriage in NY <p>Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed New York&#39;s gay marriage bill, starting what is expected to be a crush of gay weddings beginning in 30 days.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 17:19:59 +0000 Kyle Norris 3021 at New law clears the way for gay marriage in NY House effort fails to reject partner benefits <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>State House Republican leaders failed to muster enough votes to reverse health benefits for the live-in partners of state employees. The new policy will treat unmarried employees with live-in partners the same as married employees, and it will apply to people in same-sex relationships. A two-thirds majority vote isrequired to reverse&nbsp; the contracts approved by the state Civil Service Commission.</p><p>GOP lawmakers said the Civil Service Commission decision undermines &ldquo;traditional families&rdquo; and violates the intent of a voter-approved amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions in Michigan.</p><p>House Speaker Jase Bolger says he is looking for other avenues to block the new policy from taking effect October first.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m going to continue to explore the legality of their decision. I believe they made an end run around the constitution. I&rsquo;m not an attorney, but I&rsquo;m going to consult with attorneys to see if something can be done about their illegal decision,&rdquo; Bolger said.</p></blockquote><p>Democrats say the Legislature should not rescind agreements collectively bargained with state employee unions.</p><p>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has also been asked for an opinion on whether state employee live-in partner benefits violates Michigan&rsquo;s same-sex marriage ban. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:59:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 2084 at