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Same-Sex Marriage Debate Back In Court Tuesday

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INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - Same-sex marriage is being debated across the country and on Tuesday, that debate takes place in a Michigan courtroom.

A federal judge will hear arguments in a case that will either continue or lift a voter-approved ban from back in 2004.

6 News spoke with a mid-Michigan couple who has been watching closely.

"I couldn't do this alone - no way," said Lee Chaney, who is currently recovering from bicep and rotator cuff surgery.

Her partner, Dawn took off a week to help out, but wishes she could help with the expenses.

"I'm injured, I'm off of work. It sure would be helpful to be on dual insurance," said Chaney.

Chaney says it's ironic, her needing her partner's insurance the same time this trial rolls around. She's been waiting for Tuesday since the last hearing in October, when she took pictures at the courthouse and was expecting to marry that day.

"We went out and got our hair done, nice outfits, you know, and then it was just deflated," said Chaney.

A total of 13 couples were lined up at the Ingham County Court House last time when the decision was pushed off to the trial that starts Tuesday. But the County Clerk says she's ready to give out licenses again, if the ban is lifted.

"I expect the judge to rule in favor of equality. That's what I expect, and that's what I hope," said Barb Byrum, Ingham County Clerk.

But the Attorney General's office doesn't see things that way. They want to honor Michigan voters, who amended the marriage law in 2004 to ban same-sex marriages.

Chaney and Dawn will be listening closely to tomorrow's trial and rushing to the court house if the ban is lifted. And if not, they say they're going to Chicago.

As of January 8, 2014 a total of 16 states as well as the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage.

Those states have routinely issued same-sex marriage licenses.

Only time and a federal judge's ruling will tell if Michigan will be added to that list.

By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern

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