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TODAY: Michigan Rallies for Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Rallies in Michigan TodayThe Michigan Marriage Equality case will be heard tomorrow in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. But even if you can’t get to Cincinnati, you can still show your support at one of the rallies behind held around the state this evening.

DeBoer v. Snyder represents the future for gay marriage in Michigan. Tomorrow, August 6, 2014, that future will rest in the hands of 3 judges in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges will hear oral argument in this and three other marriage equality cases from around the mid-west. The court has been asked to decide whether same-sex couples can marry and whether a state that bans gay marriage must still recognize legal marriages performed elsewhere.

Support for marriage equality has been growing in Michigan. Even Republicans are getting into the act. Twenty-six influential members of the party filed an amicus brief with the court in June urging it to strike down the states’ marriage bans.

But you don’t have to be a lawyer or politician to show your support. As of this writing, over 250 people plan to make the trip to Cincinnati to participate in a Rally for Marriage Equality tonight. There will also be rallies all across Michigan those of us who can’t make the drive:

  • in Flint at the Genesee County Courthouse August 5 from 5:30 to 7:30.
  • in Lansing  5:30 p.m. on August 5 at the First Presbyterian Church 510 W. Ottawa St., Lansing 48933; and
  • in Metro Detroit  at 5:30 p.m. August 5 at the Renaissance Unity 11200 E. 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48089.

Gay marriage advocates have won every case that’s been decided since the Supreme Court decided US v. Windsor last year. They’ve even broken ground at the Court of Appeals level. But a negative ruling by the 6th Circuit could exclude Michigan gay and lesbian couples from the fundamental right of marriage and could deprive the children of those couples the permanency and protection they deserve. A strong showing of public support could be the difference between “happily married” and “anxiously waiting” for the Supreme Court to step in once again.

If you support Michigan marriage equality, today is the day to get up and show it. With rallies across the state, it should  be easy for you to find a rally in your area and show your pride.

Thank you to Between the Lines Newspaper for information about the rallies times and locations.

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