Politics & Government
7:43 am
Thu March 7, 2013

What's going on this morning? Same-sex marriage ban challenged, Bing not fighting, school EM fight

Big court challenge against Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

In 2004, Michigan voters banned same-sex marriage and civil unions.

That ban is being challenged in federal court, and MPRN's Rick Pluta reports a decision could come today:

...a federal judge could rule as soon as today on a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. This occurs as the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear two cases dealing with gay marriage. In the Michigan case, a lesbian couple sued not because they want to be married, but because they want to be parents.

No united front from Detroit

Yesterday morning, an aide to Mayor Dave Bing indicated Bing would support Detroit City Council's challenge against the state.

Last night, we found out that wasn't the case. 

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek covered the story for us. Bing said he tried to figure out a way to support City Council's challenge against the state's finding that the city is in a financial emergency and that there's no plan to end it.

"However, when it became clear to me that the Council wanted to go further and request a hearing to appeal the pending appointment of an Emergency Manager or request an enhanced consent agreement— I decided that the fighting must stop now. 

"We must focus on working together so that we can remove the need for an Emergency Manager in the required 18 months."

Fighting continues over Detroit School Boards emergency manager

From the Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit school board filed a motion in Wayne County Circuit Court accusing Roy Roberts, the state-appointed emergency financial manager, of violating a Feb. 20 court order that confirmed the board's authority over the school system's academic operations.