Michigan has become the 18th state to have a same-sex marriage ban overturned. Judge Bernard Friedman issued a ruling in April DeBoer, et al. v Richard Snyder, et al. this afternoon. Via Michigan Radio:
[Friedman] says the state's constitutional amendment discriminates against same-sex couples, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.Yay. Here's hoping the Sixth Circuit Court doesn't put the decision on hold.
In his ruling, Friedman says the ban does not advance any legitimate state interest.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette -- who argued in favor of the amendment -- says he has filed an emergency request for the ruling to be put on hold while the decision is appealed to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
UPDATE: If you want to read the whole decision, it's here.