Michigan Court Says U.S. Constitution Forces State to Recognize Gay Unions

“Courts can oversee a custody dispute between lesbian parents who adopted in Illinois even though Michigan doesn’t formally recognize gay relationships, the state Court of Appeals said in a decision released Friday. The court ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Constitution requires Michigan courts to recognize Diane Giancaspro and Lisa Congleton as adoptive parents. It reversed a trial judge who said Michigan’s 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban kept her from enforcing the women’s parental rights.” [Chi Tri]

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3 Comments

  • Sebbe

    Be thankful these judges know how to interpret the law correctly. Ruling against them is absurd.

  • Jonathan

    This is a very, very bad development. I don’t think any advocate for LGBT rights wants a case involving the Full-Faith and Credit Clause to be heading to the Supreme Court now…

  • Rob

    I don’t think the Queerty headline is an accurate description of the case. Whether Michigan had to recognize the union between Giancaspro and Congleton was not at issue. The issue was whether Giancaspro and Congleton each had a legal parental relationship with the child.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/6273672.html

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