In July, I wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in June on two pivotal cases involving same-sex marriages. To recap what happened, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a 5-4 decision.
Despite the historic ruling, a Detroit judge plans to decide the future of his own state's gay marriage ban in February 2014.
The Battle Over Same-Sex Unions in Michigan
The battle began when two Detroit-area women wanted to adopt each other's children. Their first salvo was a lawsuit they filed last year in which they hoped to overturn Michigan's ban on adoption by unmarried couples. The law they hope to overturn as been on the books since 1945.
On October 16th, the parties had their day in court. The plaintiffs argued that the ban on same-sex marriage now violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution to get married and adopt each other's children.
On the other side, Republican Governor Rick Snyder argued the state has a legitimate interest in promoting "natural procreation," "optimal parenting" and "family stability."
The judge won't issue a ruling until February. While no one can predict his decision everyone can make this prediction: whoever loses will challenge the judge's decision to a higher court.
Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.: An Upward Battle