U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman today struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, making it the 18th state to recognize marriage equality. Judge Friedman issued a scathing legal opinion which torched the 2004 Michigan Marriage Amendment Act that redefined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Friedman dismissed the state's argument that the will of 2.7 million voters must be upheld, noting that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
When Judge Friedman did not stay his ruling, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a request for an emergency stay with U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will prevent gay couples from marrying while Michigan appeals Friedman's ruling. This is almost certainly headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, at least eventually, along with similar rulings and appeals now underway in Utah.
Another instance of religiously-motivated bigotry, as enshrined in state law, goes down in flames. What a fine sendoff for Fred Phelps, who died yesterday. Too bad it wasn't in Kansas, his home state.