LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite his appeal defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriages. Two weeks age, a Federal judge lifted the ban because he says it denies gays equal protection under the law, a violation of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Schuette says Michigan voters approved the ban, putting it in the state constitution and it’s his job to defend it, but there is no need to drag it out or waste tax payers money either. Rather than have the appellate tribunal review his brief, he wants the whole court to review it, eliminating one step on the way to an eventual appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
While the opposition wants an expedited hearing too, they wonder if it has more to do with election year timing than a desire to save state funds.