September 18, 2013 | by Staff reports
Mich. AG defends marriage prohibition
Bill Schuette, Michigan, gay news, Washington Blade, gay marriage, same-sex marriage, marriage equality

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office said in a brief that Michigan’s gay marriage ban is necessary to ‘regulate sexual relationships between men and women.’ (Photo by Aaron J. Baylis; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich.—Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office said in a brief it filed on Sept. 9 in a case that challenges the state’s ban on same-sex second parent adoptions and marriage that Michigan’s gay nuptials ban is necessary to “regulate sexual relationships between men and women.”

Schuette filed the brief in response to a lawsuit that April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park filed against the law in federal court. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to take place in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Oct. 16.

“If Attorney General Schuette wishes to preserve the institution of marriage, he should be allowing and encouraging both same and opposite-sex couples to opt in,” Equality Michigan Managing Director Emily Dievendorf said. “As long as the law is tied to marriage, the lack of marriage equality creates instability on every level and that is no good for anybody.”

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  • I'll never understand why Rethuglican, conservative, right-wing, religious fanatics think they can force other normal people to accept their deviant views and lifestyle. They love to tell other people how to live their lives, while their own lives are in shambles. The Christian (esp. Catholic, Mormon, Evangelical, and Southern Baptist) Taliban in this country are going to face a violent wake up call soon if they keep trying to spread their hatred, intolerant views, and intolerant actions on normal Americans. And it is patently unfair that Gay Americans and their loved ones should suffer the effects of discrimination while the bigots and their loved ones go about their lives as if nothing is wrong. Anyone coming into contact with Bill Schuette, Raul Labrador, Phil Bryant, Susana Martinez, Mike DeWine, Ken Cuccinelli, E. W. Jackson, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, Tom Kean Jr., Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Elisa Chan, Mary Fallin, Marco Rubio, Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake, Sally Kern, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Steve King, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Orrin Hatch, Jim Inhofe, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Tim Huelskamp, John Kasich, Tom Corbett (and the lawyers in his office), Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, Nikki Haley, Alan Wilson, Mike Huckabee, Mike DeWine, other bigoted legislators, Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, Matt Staver, Matt Barber, Donald Wildmon, Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, Timothy Dolan, Harry Jackson, or their loved ones, SHOULD TAKE ANY ACTION POSSIBLE TO HARM THEM. Maybe when the bigots start paying a high price for their discriminatory actions, they'll think twice before committing the same crimes in the future.

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