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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ban

By Heather Clark LANSING, Mich. – A federal judge appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan has struck down Michigan’s same-sex ‘marriage’ ban, declaring that the state’s constitutional amendment violates the federal constitution. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman handed down his 31-page opinion on Friday, stating that despite views to the contrary, Michigan officials must allow homosexuals to “marry” and adopt children together. “Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage,” he wrote. “Nonetheless, these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.” Voters in Michigan had passed a marriage amendment in 2004 that made it unlawful to conduct or recognize same-sex “marriages” in the state. It was passed with 59 percent of the vote, or nearly 2.7 million ballots cast in the favor of the measure. “To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose,” the state constitutional amendment read. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had argued before the court that overturning the amendment would essentially …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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School District Corrects Teachers Union Contract Giving ‘Special Consideration’ to Non-Christians

By Heather Clark FERNDALE, Mich. – A Michigan school district has corrected a teachers union contract that gives ‘special consideration’ to non-Christians. Officials with the Ferndale School District state that they were unaware that language in the teachers union contract suggested discrimination against Christian applicants. “Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned,” the contract read. “Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.” The Mackinac Center for Public Policy had recently discovered the language in reviewing contracts throughout the state. It then contacted the school district to express concern. “Earlier this week, Ferndale Public Schools learned of antiquated language in employee contracts that we somehow missed when recently bargaining contracts,” district spokeswoman Shelley Rose wrote to FOX News. “This language dates back to at least 1979, and is not in compliance with current legislation. Fortunately, the district also has newer and strong anti-discrimination language …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Domino murder suspect found in Opa-locka

By By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel It took Broward Sheriff’s detectives, a SWAT fugitive unit and a U.S. Marshals task force to track down and arrest one of the suspects accused of spraying a group of domino players with gunfire, investigators said. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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China satellite finds object near jet search area

A satellite image released by China on Saturday offered the latest sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost for more than two weeks could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean where planes and ships have been searching for three days. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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