gay marriage http://michiganradio.org en Some Michigan Republicans have changed their minds and now support gay marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-republicans-have-changed-their-minds-and-now-support-gay-marriage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Rick Johnson became Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, I was a little dubious.</span></p><p>He was a dairy farmer who had only gone as far as high school, and I worried what this might mean for&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">higher education.</span></p><p></p><p>But as it turned out, while he was Republican to the core, he was generally a reasonable, open-minded man. Not, however, on the issue of same-sex marriage, which he opposed.</p><p>That was 10 years ago, and he wasn’t alone. A large majority of Michiganders who went to the polls that year voted to amend the state constitution to outlaw same sex marriage forever.</p><p>But forever didn’t last. Across America this year, judge after judge has overturned state prohibitions against same-sex marriage.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:44:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18052 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan Republicans have changed their minds and now support gay marriage Same-sex couple from Grand Rapids sues to get state to recognize out-of-state marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-couple-grand-rapids-sues-get-state-recognize-out-state-marriage <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmpbMvxlgpA</p><p><em>Governor Rick Snyder's statement after a federal court overturns Michigan's ban on same sex marriage in March 2014. </em></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:35:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17982 at http://michiganradio.org Christian leaders speak up for same-sex marriage: "We stand with the God of compassion" http://michiganradio.org/post/christian-leaders-speak-same-sex-marriage-we-stand-god-compassion <p>A group of Metro Detroit clergy leaders stood together Thursday to send a clear message: They support same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people.</p><p>They also strongly condemned some of their fellow Michigan Christian leaders who are fighting to uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>Last week, a group of about 200, mostly Michigan-based black pastors declared that “the fight is on” to protect “traditional” marriage.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17730 at http://michiganradio.org Christian leaders speak up for same-sex marriage: "We stand with the God of compassion" Same-sex marriage backers launch education campaign in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-backers-launch-education-campaign-michigan <p>Backers of same-sex marriage are launching what an education campaign that could<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.</span></p><p>Emily Dievendorf is part of the “<a href="http://www.michiganformarriage.org/">Michigan for Marriage</a>” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:33:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 17534 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage backers launch education campaign in Michigan Michigan gay marriage appeal will follow usual track http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gay-marriage-appeal-will-follow-usual-track <p>DETROIT – A federal appeals court won't give special treatment to Michigan's dispute over gay marriage.</p><p>The court says the state's appeal of a decision overturning a ban on same-sex marriage will follow the usual course. The case will be heard by a three-judge panel, probably later this year.</p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette wanted the full court to leapfrog the panel and take the appeal. But there's no interest from judges at the Cincinnati-based court.</p><p>A brief order unanimously rejecting Schuette's request was filed&nbsp;Monday.</p><p>More than 300 same-sex couples were married in March after a Detroit federal judge said Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The appeals court has suspended the decision while the appeal is pending.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:44:21 +0000 The Associated Press 17395 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gay marriage appeal will follow usual track Former Republican state representative says he was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/former-republican-state-representative-says-he-was-wrong-oppose-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is never too late to offer a public "mea culpa" for taking a political action that you later believe was a serious mistake.</span></p><p>That's the idea behind a <a href="http://republicus.blogspot.com/2014/03/being-on-wrong-side-history.html">recent entry</a> on the blog Republicus.</p><p>Former Republican State Rep. Chris Ward wrote the post declaring that he'd been on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:37:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17146 at http://michiganradio.org Former Republican state representative says he was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-fast-action-gay-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.</p><p></p><p>Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:09:48 +0000 Rick Pluta 17109 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case US Attorney General says federal government will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages http://michiganradio.org/post/us-attorney-general-says-federal-government-will-recognize-michigan-same-sex-marriages <p>The federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court. That means they will be able file joint federal tax returns and share federal government benefits.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:33:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17015 at http://michiganradio.org US Attorney General says federal government will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages Democrats ask for recognition of recent gay marriages in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-ask-recognition-recent-gay-marriages-michigan <div><p>Michigan's congressional Democrats are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for federal recognition of the more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in the state this past weekend.&nbsp;The letter is signed by&nbsp;Sens. Debbie&nbsp;Stabenow&nbsp;and Carl Levin, and Reps. John&nbsp;Dingell, Sander Levin, Gary Peters and Dan&nbsp;Kildee.</p><p>A judge ruled last Friday that Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on further same-sex weddings while it deliberates the Michigan marriage case.</p><p>Yesterday, Gov. Snyder said the marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state because of current law. Here's what he said:</p><p>http://youtu.be/hmpbMvxlgpA</p><p>In January, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the government would honor same-sex marriages in Utah in a case very similar to Michigan's. The Justice Department so far has said it's monitoring the situation in Michigan.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:53:10 +0000 Rick Pluta & The Associated Press 16999 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats ask for recognition of recent gay marriages in Michigan Gay couples in Michigan go from elation to a state of limbo http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-couples-michigan-go-elation-state-limbo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's the status of same-sex couples in Michigan who had hoped to marry after last Friday's ruling from federal judge Bernard Friedman, a ruling that struck down Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>More than 300 couples rushed to speak their vows on Saturday before the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of Judge Friedman's ruling until appeals proceedings conclude.</p><p>And now we have heard from Gov. Rick Snyder about those couples. He said the state will not recognize those marriages.</p><p>MLive writer Jonathon Oosting joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:04:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 16989 at http://michiganradio.org Gay couples in Michigan go from elation to a state of limbo Gov. Snyder says Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-says-michigan-wont-recognize-same-sex-marriages <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">The marriages were performed Saturday before a federal appeals court suspended a decision that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Snyder's announcement Wednesday closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples. The move comes a day after an appeals court indefinitely stopped any additional same-sex marriages.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Snyder says the marriages were legal at the time but the stay means the ban now is back in effect.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:59:30 +0000 Vincent Duffy 16984 at http://michiganradio.org Americans will have to wait for final decision on gay marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/americans-will-have-wait-final-decision-gay-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of bewildered and dejected people in Michigan today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of all, perhaps, the 300 or so same-sex couples who got married last Saturday, after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s amendment outlawing such marriages. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled, as expected, that our state’s constitutional prohibition of such marriages was wrong.</span></p><p>But unlike federal judges in other states where this happened, he did not put his ruling on hold till the appellate courts could rule, so there was a mad scramble for licenses and ceremonies in those counties where the clerks were sympathetic. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:55:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16978 at http://michiganradio.org Americans will have to wait for final decision on gay marriage What's next for married gay couples in legal limbo? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-married-gay-couples-legal-limbo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday, March 21, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>The next day, clerks in Ingham, Washtenaw, Oakland and Muskegon counties opened their doors to issue marriage licenses. More than 300 people were pronounced man and husband, or woman and wife, before 5 p.m. Then a stay was issued by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which forced clerks to cease marrying gay couples.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16948 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for married gay couples in legal limbo? Irritated but not shocked, same-sex couples hope their marriages will be recognized http://michiganradio.org/post/irritated-not-shocked-same-sex-couples-hope-their-marriages-will-be-recognized <p>For many newly married couples, it’s not unusual to apply to the state and federal government to get their new last names.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But for Art Bristol and Corey </span>Ledin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, whose newly minted marriage license declares their last names as </span>Ledin-Brisol<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the process was far from usual.</span></p><p>TV cameras were watching and photographers snapped pictures. The secretary of state's office wouldn't even accept the same-sex couple's paperwork for a new driver’s license.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:08:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16951 at http://michiganradio.org Irritated but not shocked, same-sex couples hope their marriages will be recognized Same-sex couples flock to clerks' offices to wed ahead of temporary stay http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-couples-flock-clerks-offices-wed-ahead-temporary-stay <p><strong>Update 5:05 p.m.</strong></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:00:45 +0000 Rick Pluta, Lindsey Smith, Sarah Cwiek & Kate Wells 16936 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex couples flock to clerks' offices to wed ahead of temporary stay Michigan's gay marriage ban struck down http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-gay-marriage-ban-struck-down <p><strong>Update 8:27 am:</strong></p><p>Rick Pluta reports from Ingham County that the first marriage there was performed at 8:05 am.</p><p><strong>7:21 am Saturday:</strong></p><p>Now four counties&nbsp;– Washtenaw, Oakland, Muskegon and Ingham&nbsp;– plan to open this morning to issue marriage licenses. Come back for updates from our reporters in the field.</p><p></p><p><strong>Update 11 pm Friday:</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:23:10 +0000 Rick Pluta 16935 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's gay marriage ban struck down How one Michigan church is changing its views on gay marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/how-one-michigan-church-changing-its-views-gay-marriage <p>There can be little doubt that we are living at a time when our attitudes as a society are undergoing a tremendous shift in what we think of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.</p><p>Recently, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-finds-majority-michigan-support-gay-marriage">we spoke on this show</a> with Michigan State University professor Charley Ballard, who directs the state of the state surveys. The most recent MSU survey found, for instance, that 54% of Michiganders support gay marriage, with 36% opposing it.</p><p>Just four years ago, gay marriage was opposed by 51% and favored by 48% of those surveyed.</p><p>That is the view from social science. But what about the view from the pulpit?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken Wilson is pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. The evangelical minister has spent years wrestling with this question:&nbsp; Where do we – as a Christian faith community – draw the line on the gay marriage issue?</span></p><p>His journey to rethinking his beliefs about where LBGT people fit into what he calls “the company of Jesus” is spelled out in his new book “A Letter to my Congregation:&nbsp; An evangelical pastor's path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus.”</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:24:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16828 at http://michiganradio.org How one Michigan church is changing its views on gay marriage Trial ends in Michigan gay marriage case, now we wait for the judge's decision http://michiganradio.org/post/trial-ends-michigan-gay-marriage-case-now-we-wait-judges-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="http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/cases/DeBoervSnyder/">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 http://michiganradio.org Trial ends in Michigan gay marriage case, now we wait for the judge's decision Protesters from both sides descend on Detroit court in landmark gay marriage case http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-both-sides-descend-detroit-court-landmark-gay-marriage-case <p>Activists on both sides of the marriage equality issue <a href="http://www.freep.com/videonetwork/3255124081001?odyssey=mod|tvideo2|article">protested outside Detroit’s federal courthouse Monday</a>, site of an ongoing court case that will decide the legality of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.</p><p>The case involves a Detroit area lesbian couple, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer. They’re seeking the right to jointly adopt the three children they’ve been raising together.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16699 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters from both sides descend on Detroit court in landmark gay marriage case Survey finds a majority in Michigan support gay marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-finds-majority-michigan-support-gay-marriage <p>We are now into week two of the trial in federal court in Detroit centering on the challenge to Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two Hazel Park nurses are challenging that ban, which was passed by Michigan voters in 2004. The women want to get married so they can adopt each other's children.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As picketers on both sides of the issue march outside the federal court building in downtown Detroit comes word of a new State of the State survey conducted by Michigan State University.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It finds a majority of Michigan residents support gay marriage.</span></p><p>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Economics Professor Charles Ballard joined us to talk about this survey. He directs the survey.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:46:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 16691 at http://michiganradio.org Survey finds a majority in Michigan support gay marriage