Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down (No Surprise After Supreme Court Ruling)

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The state of Michigan may have lost $2 million in legal fees when it went up against same-sex marriage, according to the Detroit News.  The state had a same-sex marriage ban.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse had a long-running federal lawsuit against the ban, which was recently settled.  The case had dragged on for three years, according to Raw Story.

“This case was both rare and difficult because plaintiffs’ counsel were defending members of an historically unpopular minority,” attorneys Carole Stanyar and Dana Nessel wrote in the federal court ruling.

“Although public opinion has shifted considerably in the years that this case has been pending, when filed, a decided majority of the Michigan population were opposed to marriage by same-sex couples,” they wrote.

The price tag fees include payment for six lawyers, seven law clerks, multiple paralegals and experts from Boston, New York, San Francisco and Lansing, the Detroit News reports. The ruling comes almost exactly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision legalized the unions in all 50 states.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/07/25/gay-marriage-lawyers-want-state-pay-legal-fees/30677065/

One Dead, One In Critical Condition After Rollover Accident Near Ann Arbor, Michigan

According to CBS News, one person is dead and another is in critical condition following a rollover accident along US-23 south of Ann Arbor on Thursday.

Southbound US-23 was closed at the I-94 bridge following the crash, which happened in Pittsfield Township at around 12:45 p.m.

A Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman says that two vehicles were involved in the accident. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and another was taken by survival flight to University of Michigan Hospital with critical injuries.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/07/02/1-killed-1-critically-injured-in-us-23-rollover-accident-near-ann-arbor/

Michigan Sponsors Its Own Religious Freedom Bill


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Michigan lawmakers are working on passing their own Religious Freedom Act, states wwmt.com. The legislation is called Senate Bill No. 4.   It has been introduced and is now in committee.

Two other religious freedom bills are also being considered in the state, states attn.com.

The TV show Flashpoint in Michigan had a discussion Sunday about a religious freedom bill coming to Michigan.

Devin Scillian was joined by Randy Richardville, Stephen Henderson, Jill Alper and Sandy Baruah to talk about religious freedom acts and whether one might be coming to Michigan.

Richardville, a former Michigan Senate majority leader, said that he doesn’t think that Indiana’s situation will have a major effect on the state of Michigan.

Alper, a political strategist, talked about the governor’s reaction to the increasing talks about religious freedom acts and what it means moving forward.

Baruah, the President and CEO of Detroit Regional Chamber, says that this issue is very bad for business. He said having laws like this in place prevents the best workers from coming into the state.

Henderson, of the Detroit Free Press, said that the issue has become more aggressive and assertive and talked about what could happen to settle the case.

‘Open Carry’ Michigan Man Carrying Rifle Taunts Police And They Back Down


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Is “open carry” strange?  Does “open carry” happen in Europe?  Do Europeans even know what “open carry” is?  Are there racial aspects to “open carry?”

Michigan ‘Doomsday Prepper’ Dies After Setting Fire To House

According to WSBT.com and the South Bend Tribune, a Michigan man went on a shooting spree Saturday night, leaving nearby homes riddled with bullet holes.

That was followed by an apparent standoff ending with the gunman supposedly setting fire to his home and turning the weapon on himself.

Neighbors described the man as a “doomsday prepper.”  Michigan State Police say it all unfolded at a home in a mobile home park.

A fire combined with what some eyewitnesses say was the sound of thousands of rounds of gunfire going off inside one trailer, almost sounding like 4th of July fireworks. The smell of gunpowder was thick in the air.

When the smoke finally cleared police found one man dead inside.

The first complaint was about shots fired, but it turned into so much more.

When troopers arrived, they did hear gunshots and then saw smoke and later flames, which engulfed the home and apparently started setting off ammunition explosions inside.

The only death was that of the shooter.

Michigan Cop Fired For Cutting Off Detained Woman’s Weave

According to the Huffington Post, a Michigan police officer was fired after cutting the hair off a detained woman’s head.  Also, she will be getting her job back against the wishes of her department.

An arbitrator ruled that Warren Police Officer Bernadette Najor be reinstated to the suburban Detroit police force with full back pay, according to the local newspaper The Macomb Daily.

The action starts to take place at roughly the 6:15 mark.

Peanut Allergy Kills 19-Year-Old College Student

 Peanut Allergy Kills 19-Year-Old College StudentThe recent death of a 19-year-old Michigan college student stemming from a severe peanut allergy, is now serving as a frightening reminder to parents of kids with food allergies.

Chandler Swink, an Oakland University sophomore and aspiring nursing student, was taken off life support on Wednesday night after spending more than a week in a coma.

Swink had visited a friend’s apartment where peanut butter cookies had been baked and the young man either came into contact with the cookies or the residue on someone else’s hands.

When he started having a reaction, Chandler injected himself with an EpiPen and drove himself to a nearby hospital, where he was found unconscious in the parking lot after simultaneously going into anaphylactic shock and experiencing an asthma attack and cardiac arrest.

Now his family is speaking out to raise awareness about the severity of nut allergies.

His father Bill said, “You need to take your family members’ food allergies very seriously. [During holiday season] you don’t need to add almonds or pecans to the food you bring.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that four to six percent of children have food allergies, the prevalence of which increased by 18 percent between 1997 and 2007.

Chandler had had a level-six nut allergy — the most severe — since the age of two, which had led to ridicule and bullying by his peers, according to his mother Nancy. The school district made itself “peanut free” just for him, but that made other parents resentful. “They would say, ‘It can’t be that bad,’” Nancy recalled.

Despite the stigma of Chandler’s allergies, his mom said, “he never complained to us. He held that in for 18 years. When he went to college, he was the happiest kid because he was no longer labeled.”

Cop Stops Black Man For…Walking in the Cold With His Hands in His Pocket

A police officer in the video stops Brandon W. McKean in Pontiac, Michigan for walking outside in the cold with his hands in his pockets.

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