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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.
There's a lot of response from both sides, those who agree with the decision and those who believe the ban should have stayed in place.
Among those who agree is Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "It's great that Judge Friedman made a common sense decision that in Michigan, every loving, committed couple should be treated equally under the law," said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.
Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan agrees. "This is a great step forward for Michigan and should be a signal to every single public official that discrimination cannot - and will not — stand in our state," said Scott.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin says that all couples deserve to be treated equally. "The momentum for marriage equality is undeniable as yet another federal judge affirmed today that all loving and committed same-sex couples deserve to be treated equally under the law," said Griffin.
On the other side, Rev. Dr. Rolans A. Caldwell believes the opposite and he even feels Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in vain.
"Judge Friedman has negated the vote of 2.7 million voters in the State of Michigan. Moreover, he has said to the almost 70 percent of black citizens who voted in favor of marriage protection that our voting rights are no longer protected. Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and our forefathers apparently died in vain," remarked Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry, Detroit, Michigan.
Minister Stacy Swimp agrees.
Minister Stacy Swimp, Gospel Activist and Founder of "Revive Alive, Flint, Michigan, " stated, "It is a sad day for Michigan that Judge Friedman has ruled that preserving the only civil institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers is unconstitutional. Rest assured, however, that we shall continue to fight for the rights of children, and for our faith, for our families, and for our religious freedom."
Beyond the gay marriage ruling is adoption rights.
"There was never a doubt that Schuette's crusade to deny a loving home to some of Michigan's most vulnerable children was morally repugnant. Today, the courts confirmed it was also unconstitutional. Children should never be sacrificed to score political points," said Mark Totten, former federal prosuector and a law professor.