Michigan becomes latest US state to lift ban on gay-marriages
A US federal judge has reportedly repealed a ban on gay marriages in the state of Michigan.
The move comes in wake of a case filed by two Detroit-area nurses, who argued that the ban was in violation of their rights under the US constitution.
While the quashing of ban means that same-sex couples will now be granted marriage licenses, the state, however, is planning to lodge an appeal against the court's decision, the BBC reported.
US District Judge Bernard Friedman wrote that many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage.
However, he added that these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.
(Posted on 24-03-2014)