Updated: 4:00 p.m. EDT.
DETROIT — Several dozen people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Detroit to show their support for overturning Michigan’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
U.S.District Judge Bernard Friedman said Wednesday he wouldn’t immediately throw out the law, and he scheduled a trial for February.
Friedman himself earlier suggested that Detroit-area nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer challenge the ban by amending their lawsuit challenging a state law that bars same-sex partners from adopting each other’s children.
Rowse and DeBoer appeared at the rally.
Christine Weick drove 175 miles from Hopkins in western Michigan to hold a sign that says God opposes gay marriage.
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