AG Schuette urges US Supreme Court to uphold Michigan's ban on gay marriage



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LANSING, Michigan — Attorney General Bill Schuette and supporters of gay marriage have at least one thing in common: They want the U.S. Supreme Court to use a Michigan case to settle the legality of same-sex nuptials.

Schuette's office filed a legal brief Monday at the Supreme Court. He wants the court to take the case, but he's urging the justices to affirm Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Voters in 2004 said marriage is between a man and a woman.

Schuette says courts must acknowledge "the wisdom of allowing the people to decide important issues at the ballot box."

A federal judge struck down the ban as unconstitutional last March, but an appeals court recently overturned that decision.

Two Detroit-area nurses challenging the ban have also asked the Supreme Court to step in.

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