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No Immediate Ruling on Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban

DETROIT (WLNS) - A federal judge says he'll wait for important rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding the future of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
Judge Bernard Friedman heard arguments Thursday on a lesbian couple's challenge to a state law that bars them from jointly adopting children.
At the judge's request, the two Detroit-area nurses expanded their case to target the state's 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The judge says Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer made a "compelling" argument that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. However, he says he wants to wait to rule because a future Supreme Court opinion in a California case could affect the Michigan case.

This happens just as a new study comes out that suggests more people now approve of gay marriage. It's sponsored by a group that supports the move, Freedom to Marry, but the polls were analyzed by both a Democrat and a Republican.

The poll analyzed the 2012 exit polls on election day and said the number of people against same sex marriage is shrinking. Among the 31 states surveyed, 49 percent of people supported same sex marriage in their state, while 46 percent opposed it.  The poll shows that those in opposition are mainly among certain demographics, like older people and Evangelical Christians.


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