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MICHIGAN: Judge Tosses First "Expert" Witness In Marriage Equality Lawsuit

The Associated Press reports:
The state of Michigan's defense of a ban on gay marriage is off to a rocky start after a judge refused to allow the first witness to testify. Sherif Girgis is a law student at Yale University and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. He has written and talked about a historical defense of marriage between a man and a woman. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Girgis will be an expert witness — someday. Friedman says Girgis' opinions won't help him decide this case. Two Detroit-area women are challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Gergis is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense.  Last week the judge announced that he would rule on each "expert" witness as they are called. We're still waiting to hear if Mark Regnerus will be barred. The trial began last week and is expected to conclude by Friday.

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