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Creating Change

Creating Change

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The fight for gay marriage was a long and hard-won battle (one, it’s hoped, won’t have to be engaged again under this new administration). Even though the outcome was almost taken for a given by the time it was achieved, how marriage equality came to be, step-by-step, is a story not […]

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ruling on March 25, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay on last week’s marriage equality ruling in Michigan to allow the state to bring its appeal before the circuit. In an order that ran to just over three pages, the panel’s majority –– which included Circuit Court […]

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The March 21 federal court ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples also dealt a lethal blow to a controversial 2012 study that purported to show that parenting by same-sex couples leads to inferior outcomes for children. In a case brought by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse […]

Race to the Altar: Can We Keep Up the Pace?

Race to the Altar: Can We Keep Up the Pace?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Hawaii State Senate giving final approval to a marriage equality bill on November 12, gay and lesbian couples in a total of 16 states plus the District of Columbia have now won the right to marry. Those states account for 37 percent of the nation’s population. Advocates working to expand […]

February Trial for Marriage Equality in Michigan

February Trial for Marriage Equality in Michigan

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A trial that will decide the constitutionality of Michigan’s 2004 voter amendment barring marriage by same-sex couples will begin in federal court on February 25 in the wake of a US district court judge’s decision in an adoption case. Judge Bernard Friedman, on October 16, heard oral arguments from a lesbian […]

Is Michigan Next?

Is Michigan Next?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A senior federal district court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 has ruled that a Michigan lesbian couple is entitled to a trial on their claim that the state adoption law, forbidding same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, and the Michigan Marriage Amendment, forbidding same-sex marriages, violate their rights […]