Michigan files to stop same-sex marriages from being granted

A fed­er­al dis­trict court judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex mar­riage in a rul­ing is­sued Fri­day. But he didn’t stay his de­cision, mean­ing same-sex couples could start seek­ing mar­riage li­censes for the first time in the state’s his­tory as soon as busi­ness re­sumes Monday. Be­cause the rul­ing cre­ates an “un­pre­ced­en­ted re­defin­i­tion of mar­riage in Michigan,” the at­tor­ney gen­er­al asked a fed­er­al ap­peals court to settle the dis­pute be­fore the same-sex mar­riage li­censes start­ing be­ing ap­proved.