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DeBoer v. Snyder

DeBoer v. Snyder is a federal court challenge to Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed Jan. 23, 2012, in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. The plaintiffs, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, seeking to jointly adopt their children, originally challenged the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples. In August 2012, U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman invited the couple to amend their suit to challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage, “the underlying issue.” Oral arguments were held on October 16, 2013, where Friedman announced a hearing would be held on Feb. 25, 2014. [ Case files. ]

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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Mich. AG defends same-sex marriage ban ‘out of respect for democracy’

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

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ACLU files suit to enforce legal rights of newly married Mich. same-sex couples

| Monday, April 14, 2014
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's filing a lawsuit to enforce the legal rights of about 300 same-sex couples who were married during a one-day window between separate federal court decisions.

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Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

| Monday, March 31, 2014
Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach
LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Holder extends federal recognition to Michigan’s married same-sex couples

| Friday, March 28, 2014
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

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Lawmakers ask Holder to recognize Michigan’s same-sex newlyweds

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Jake May, The Flint Journal (AP)Supporters hold up a banner during a pro-gay marriage rally held by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, outside of the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich.
DETROIT -- Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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Governor: Mich. won’t recognize 300+ same-sex marriages performed Saturday

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

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Snyder nears verdict on status of Mich. same-sex marriage licenses

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday he wants to quickly decide the legal status of hundreds of same-sex marriages conducted after a judge struck down Michigan's gay marriage ban but before the ruling was halted.

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Appeals court extends freeze on same-sex marriage in Michigan

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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DETROIT -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday put an indefinite halt to same-sex marriage in Michigan while it takes a longer look at a judge's decision overturning a 2004 ban.

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Michigan governor Rick Snyder stays cautious on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of same-sex marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional.

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