US: Judge expected to rule imminently in gay marriage ban challenge

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Gay marriage advocates in the US state of Michigan are hopefully anticipating a ruling by a federal judge, which could strike down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

US District Judge Bernard Friendman could rule any day now, in a case which concluded on 7 March, challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The state has already requested that a stay be immediately put on the issue of marriage licences to same-sex couples, should the ban be lifted.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman on 7 March wrapped up the testimony from both those for and against same-sex marriage, and said the decision would be heard within two weeks.

The lawsuit challenges a 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and is brought by two Detroit nurses who say it violates the US Constitution.

Earlier in the week, County Clerk Lisa Brown was called because she is the county clerk for the area in which the plaintiffs in the case live.

Despite being called by the defence counsel for the ban, she testified that she would issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, if ordered by a federal judge. 

Later in the final day of testimony, during the lawsuit challenging the ban, a witness for its defence was banned from testifying.