federal courts

7:03 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Prominent Republicans Support Eliminating Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage

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Former Congressman and state lawmaker Joe Schwarz of Battle Creek is among those who have signed amicus brief
LANSING - A brief signed by 25 leading Republicans is among 31 briefs filed Monday supporting throwing out Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. The group of former lawmakers and staffers say in their brief that they "generally believe that while government should play a limited role in the lives of Americans, it must act when individual liberties are at stake.
8:33 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Still in Limbo in Michigan, Despite Federal Ruling

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Ruling that Michigan's ban on Same-Sex Marriage is unconstitutional is under appeal and has been stayed
For Grace and Jess Wojcik, one of more than 300 same-sex couples who were married in Michigan last weekend, matters that most couples take for granted such as Social Security benefits and certain tax exemptions suddenly became available on Friday when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder decided they were entitled to federal benefits.
12:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Snyder Says He's Seeking Legal Advice on Same-Sex Marriage Issue

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About 300 same-sex couples were married Saturday before a federal appeals court issued a stay
Gov. Rick Snyder said he hopes the state can soon provide some clarity on the status of about 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan on Saturday, but he first needs to assess legal advice.
7:57 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages, Then Uncertainty After Court Rulings

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Appeals Court issues stay after thousands of same-sex marriages across state
PONTIAC, MI -- It was fun while it lasted for hundreds of gay Michigan couples who got married Saturday. With a voter-approved ban against same-sex nuptials out of the way for about 24 hours, couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses.
6:28 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Federal appeals court stays order requiring hearings for juvenile lifers

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Mandatory life sentences were struck down by U.S. Supreme Court
LANSING -- A federal appeals panel has temporarily stayed an order that would have required the state of Michigan to give parole hearings to 350 inmates serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as minors. The order, signed Monday, puts a pause on an order issued last month by U.S.