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Federal Judge Rules MI Gay Marriage Legal


DETROIT, MI (WLNS) - Federal Judge Bernard Friedman has decided the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2004 is unconstitutional.

Judge Friedman's decision means same-sex couples can now legally get married in Michigan.

It's an historic day in Michigan for gay couples. People have been waiting for months to get their marriage licenses and county clerk's are ready to issue them.

The decision comes after Judge Friedman heard from two women who are currently raising children together, April Deboer and Jane Rowse. They filed a complaint back in January 2012 to secure their children's rights, but then the case turned into a marriage ban issue.

The couple, along with many others have been waiting for months and hoping that Michigan's marriage amendment would be overturned. They want to alter Michigan's adoption code that currently denies rights and benefits to the children of gay couples.

Click here to see the court documents for: DeBoer Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

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