Friday, March 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: PFLAG National Celebrates Marriage Ruling in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2014
Liz Owen |
lowen@pflag.org> | (202) 467-8180 ext. 214

PFLAG NATIONAL CELEBRATES MARRIAGE RULING IN MICHIGAN
WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization for parents, families, friends and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)--today celebrated a ruling by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, finding Michigan’s 2004 same-sex ban unconstitutional.
“This ruling is a huge win for PFLAGers across the state,” said PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby. “I congratulate them all, with special thanks to members from our 14 chapters and the other organizations and people with whom they have collaborated, all of whom have worked so tirelessly on this issue.”
Of particular note and interest is that Mark Regnerus, author of a flawed--and discredited--anti-gay parenting study, appeared as a witness for the state in support of the ban. Judge Friedman found Regnerus’ testimony, ‘...entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration.’
Said Huckaby, “We know that the work will continue in preparation for the inevitable appeal of Judge Friedman’s ruling, until the day that marriage equality is the law of the land in the Great Lakes State. We at PFLAG National stand in solidarity with the many loving same-sex couples in Michigan who simply wish to make legal their loving commitment to each other.”  
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Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, visit www.pflag.org.

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