Trial to begin on Mich.’s gay marriage ban

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DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit-area nurses are preparing to challenge Michigan’s ban on gay marriage during a federal trial that is expected to last two weeks.

Michigan voters approved, by a wide margin, a constitutional amendment in 2004 that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman.

Nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer filed a lawsuit, saying the amendment violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, which forbids states from treating people differently under the law. Bu the state of Michigan says there’s no “fundamental right” to marry someone of the same sex.

The trial begins Tuesday.

At least 17 states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex marriage. Judges in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia have struck down bans on gay marriage in recent months.

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