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Michigan Agrees That Supreme Court Should Take Same-Sex Marriage Case

"Given the importance of the issue ... Michigan does not oppose review by" the Supreme Court. State asks justices to uphold constitutionality of Michigan's ban on same-sex couples' marriages.

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Linda Morin, left, and Kathleen Murawski hold their wedding license with their daughter Katie outside the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 22, 2014.

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michigan on Monday asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the case challenging the state's ban on same-sex couples' marriages.

This, even though the state was successful in its appeal to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel held earlier this month that the ban is constitutional.

On Monday, the state said that the court should take the case, "[g]iven the importance of the issue," and affirm — or agree with — the 6th Circuit opinion upholding the ban.

The certiorari petition asking the Supreme Court to review and reverse the 6th Circuit decision was filed a week earlier by the attorneys for the same-sex couple that had sued the state.

"Only this Court can resolve these deep conflicts among the circuits," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Solicitor General Aaron Lindstrom wrote for the state in Monday's filing. "Certiorari is warranted."


The different reasoning used by different circuits hearing marriage appeals, as well as the 6th Circuit decision upholding the marriage bans, create "deep conflicts" that should lead the Supreme Court to step in:

Read the filing:

Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.

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