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Federal judge rules Michigan same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

DETROIT (WKZO) -- A federal judge says Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and must be overturned. The ruling comes out of a lawsuit filed by two nurses who wished to marry and adopt each other's children.

The Michigan Marriage Amendment was approved by voters in 2004 and says marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Judge Bernard Friedman said the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The ruling came too late for same-sex couples who had waited outside Michigan courthouses for the ruling for the chance to be married as soon as possible. There will likely be lines outside those courthouses when they re-open on Monday.