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Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel Spotted on Fox 2 News

Attorney Dana Kessel in the News

Spotted: Nessel and Kessel’s Dana Nessel was featured in a news clip on Fox 2, where they discussed a case involving a Michigan mother’s desperate attempt to reunite with her daughter. View the video to find out more about her story, and how the legal team at Nessel and Kessel law is assisting families across Michigan in resolving custody and divorce disputes of any kind.

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/us/michigan-ban-on-same-sex-marriage-is-struck-down.html?_r=0

http://www.freep.com/article/20140321/NEWS06/303210121/Michigan-gay-marriage-ruling

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/21/michigan-gay-marriage-ban/6710225/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/judge-strikes-down-michigans-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/2014/03/21/32ff00fe-b14c-11e3-95e8-39bef8e9a48b_story.html

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. 

Proposed Discriminatory Same Sex Adoption Bill

Recently the Michigan Legislature has attempted to put forward another bill that would allow for state funded adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex individuals and couples, who are otherwise “qualified”, from adopting children into their homes. 

Friend of the cause, Amy Lange, did an amazing piece on yesterday’s news.  

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/23455804/adoption-discrimination-proposed-bills-allow

Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel Featured in ‘Spotlight on the News’ for WXYZ Detroit

Earlier this week, Nessel and Kessel Law’s very own Dana Nessel was featured on a 30-minute segment for WXYZ Detroit where she discussed the recent landmark Supreme Court decision which deemed DOMA unconstitutional. A nationally recognized attorney and legal expert, Nessel is highly sought after for her insight on the ever-changing political and social landscape surrounding gay marriage and adoption.

Since opening its doors in 2010, Nessel and Kessel Law has been dedicated to fighting for the rights of all people, regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Currently, the legal team has a case in the Federal Court that challenges Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and second parent adoption. (Click here to get more information on the DeBoer Rowse case). Both Dana Nessel and Chris Kessel are particularly pleased with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling as it will assist in furthering the fight for gay marriage and second parent adoption in Michigan.

Detroit Attorney Attends Local Michigan Prides Parades to Support Marriage Equality

The month of June has certainly been an exciting one for the ongoing crusade towards marriage equality, both in Michigan and around the country. Even before last week’s Supreme Court decision was handed down, the LGBTQ community of Detroit was alive and vibrant, immersing themselves in the community to raise awareness for equal marriage rights in the Mitten State.

Being staunch advocates of gay marriage and second parent adoption issues, the Michigan attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law are also at the forefront of this historic battle of civil and social rights. In addition to leading the way towards same-sex marriage rights with the DeBoer Rowse case and the Michigan Marriage Challenge, this legal team took to the streets to spread their message at local pride parades held throughout the Detroit area in June. At both the Ferndale Pride Parade and Motor City Pride Parade, lawyer Dana Nessel was a featured speaker where she discussed her case and challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage, through the example of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. (More information on the DeBoer Rowse case can be found here.)

With the winds of change blowing through the Supreme Court however, it is only a matter of time before the efforts of Nessel, and others in support of marriage equality, see their dream become a reality in every state. Should you or a loved one have an interest in exploring second parent adoption, same-sex marriage, or any other part of your rights as a member of the LGBTQ community, do no hesitate to reach out to a legal team that is fighting for your rights–not just talking about them. Contact the experienced attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law today!