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Ban on same sex marriages in Michigan set to go to trial

DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - A federal judge in Detroit has frustrated just about everyone involved by ruling that he wants to hold a trial before deciding the constitutionality of Michigan’s ban on same sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman says he wants to hear evidence why it is in the state’s best interest to ban same sex marriage and to prevent gays from raising children.  

Friedman has scheduled testimony for February 25, 2014.  It was believed he might strike the ban down, opening a window for gay couples to get married, at least until an appeal was filed. County clerks have been getting it from both sides. Late yesterday afternoon the state’s 83 clerks received a terse notification from the Attorney General that they would be prohibited from issuing licenses to same sex couples during any appeal.