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Federal Court Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban.

Nessel and Kessel Law gets landmark verdict.

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Judge Bernard Friedman made history by ruling that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the United States constitution.  Judge Friedman based his opinion on the grounds that the ban violated the 14th Amendment Equal Protection rights of our clients.  Dana Nessel of Nessel and Kessel Law was with the clients as the ruling came down, late in the afternoon.   

Here are several links to stories about the judge’s opinion.

Nessel and Kessel Law will keep you updated as to the upcoming implications for this case.

After the ruling, several county clerks were open for special hours on the following Saturday, so that couples could get their valid marriage licenses.  At approximately 5pm that day, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay for the case.  A “stay” is ruling that temporarily pauses the effect of a lower court’s ruling.  In this case, the stay means that the ban will still remain in place until the 6th Circuit rules. 


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