Same sex marriage ban upheld; what's next?

Nov 7, 2014

April DeBoer reacts to the 6th Circuit ruling with her partner, Jayne Rowse, (right) and their legal team.
Credit Rick Pluta/MPRN

Supporters of same sex marriage in Michigan were handed a major setback late yesterday. After about an eight month wait, the 6th Circuit federal appeals court reaffirmed the state’s ban on same sex marriage.

Supporters of traditional marriage are cheering the decision, which is the first of its kind at the federal appellate level. Four times, the courts have voted to reverse such bans.

Current State talks with Professor Michael Sant'Ambrogio of the MSU College of Law, and Emily Dievendorf, a marriage equality advocate who represents the group Equality Michigan.