Saturday, March 22, 2014
Federal judge, Bernard Friedman, ruled the Michigan law on banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. constitution and explained, "Today's decision ... affirms the enduring principle that regardless of whoever finds favor in the eyes of the most recent majority, the guarantee of equal protection must prevail." Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah have had similar holdings. However, public opinion on this hot-button issue has shifted from Americans favoring restrictions to Americans in favor of supporting same-sex marriage. A recent ABC News/Washington Post survey revealed that 59% of Americans favor same-sex marriage.
See Greg Botelho, Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban, CNN, Mar. 21, 2014.