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Dozens rally in Detroit as federal judge hears arguments on gay marriage ban

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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.

David Coates, APGay rights supporters rally in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

David Coates, AP
Gay rights supporters rally in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

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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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