Wednesday afternoon, Judge Bernard A. Friedman heard oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and adoption. After all parties presented their arguments, including the state’s claim that children do not fare as well with same-sex parents, Friedman decided not to grant summary judgment, but to allow the case to advance to trial, which will take place February 25.
The trial will likely resemble California’s Proposition 8 trial, with both parties bringing forth witnesses to testify for or against marriage equality and same-sex adoption. Because the state of Michigan is defending its ban, there will not be questions of jurisdiction like there were in California. Ultimately, the case could return to the U.S. Supreme Court and determine whether any state’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.