Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Yet another marriage equality case is heading to trial in the courts, this time in Michigan. Case Against Michigan Ban on Gay Unions Is Sent to Trial:
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that a case contesting Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage would go to trial early next year, one among some 30 such challenges playing out in courthouses around the nation.
Here, advocates for same-sex marriage and even some opponents had speculated that the judge, Bernard A. Friedman, of the Eastern District of Michigan, might go further and overturn the state’s nine-year-old constitutional amendment on marriage as early as Wednesday.
[A] representative for Bill Schuette, the Michigan attorney general, whose office has defended the state’s ban, issued a directive to county clerks in the event that the judge ruled against the state, advising them that they were forbidden to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until appeals were completed.
In the end, Judge Friedman delayed an answer to the issue, instead suggesting that a trial, set for Feb. 25, would examine a central legal question surrounding the issue in Michigan, but also elsewhere: whether the rationales for a ban on same-sex marriage serve a legitimate state interest.
The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments on October 23 in a case which may determine the right to marry for same-sex couples in the state.
A special session in the Hawaii Legislature to move forward a bill that would legalize gay marriage is scheduled to begin October 28.