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  • Corey Ledin-Bristol, left, and Art Ledin-Bristol smile during their wedding ceremony at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist church in Muskegon, Mich., on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Chronicle, Natalie Kolb)

    Appeal on gay marriage ruling dampens celebrations

    Bethany Joy Rozeboom and Mary Winn couldn't have been much happier after receiving their long-awaited marriage license this weekend after a judge's ruling that Michigan's ban on such same-sex unions was illegal.

  • FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, Friday, March 21, 2014, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage

    Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge declared Friday, striking down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago in the latest in a series of similar decisions across the country.

  • Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer walk outside Federal Courthouse before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Detroit.  Lisa Brown of Oakland County, the elected clerk of a Detroit-area county says she'll follow the orders of a judge when it comes to same-sex marriage, not Michigan's attorney general.  Brown was asked about an email last fall from the attorney general's office, which warned county clerks not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even if a judge threw out the ban. Michigan voters banned gay marriage in 2004. In a lawsuit, Detroit-area nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse say that violates the U.S. Constitution.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Judge: Gay marriage trial ruling within 2 weeks

    A federal judge said he expects to make a decision within two weeks of Friday's closing arguments in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Michigan gay-marriage ban at stake in rare trial

    Children need good parents, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, a psychologist testified Tuesday at a trial challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

  • Michigan's gay marriage ban going to trial

    Michigan's nearly decade-old ban on gay marriage is going to trial Tuesday, with two weeks set aside for testimony from experts about whether there's a legitimate state interest in restricting marriage to a man and a woman.

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