Wyandotte Bishop Prepares to Conduct Marriage Ceremonies for Same-Sex Couples

Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church will provide wedding ceremonies Wednesday if the ban on gay marriage is lifted in Michigan.

Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church will be prepared to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples Wednesday. Photo credit: Jerry Brohl
Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church will be prepared to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples Wednesday. Photo credit: Jerry Brohl

On Wednesday, a U.S. district judge is expected to make a ruling about whether Michigan’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. 

The judge, Bernard Friedman, may also decide whether the state’s ban on same-sex adoption violates the constitution, according to the Detroit Free Press.

If Friedman decides to lift the ban and doesn't choose to keep the law in effect while his decision is appealed, same-sex marriage would be legal in Michigan until a higher court overturned Friedman's decision.

Bishop Jerry Brohl of the Blessed John XXII Community Church in Wyandotte will have his robes on Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of couples seeking a wedding ceremony.

"I guess I really do believe in the old cliche that love conquers all," he wrote in a blog post on Wyandotte Patch. "It may take a while longer but, in the end, love will win and we will all be better off because of it."

Brohl, who considers himself an independent Catholic, blogs on Patch about a wide range of topics, including gun violence and religious freedom.

The case Friedman will hear on Wednesday involves April DeBoer, 42, and Jayne Rowse, 48, of Hazel Park, who want to jointly adopt each other's children, according to Michigan Radio.

Michigan law does not permit unmarried couples to do this, and the couple is asking the court to overturn a 2004 law that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette will argue to uphold the marriage ban before Friedman on Wednesday, according to the Free Press.

Jacob Terry October 16, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Sounds like you're a nice guy embracing that which we forget is most important: Freedom. No catholic, or any other religious member or leader has any say, whatsoever in the way the law is formulated past their one single vote. That is it. The idea that this state or nation was founded based upon christian law is purely incorrect. Most of the founding fathers were pagan and specifically wrote protections into our constitution to save our nation from degenerating into a theocracy. This man wants to bring two happy, consenting people together into a partnership. Does that offend you? GOOD. Show me where in this country or this state's laws you have protections against being offended. You do not. Mind your own damn business about what other people want to do with their lives. If you feel you have the moral or religious power to tell me or any other person what to do, you are NOT an American. How dare you conservatives climb on to your soap boxes and preach economic freedom and recoil in fear at the idea of socialism yet instill your personal societal norms and religious values upon the rest of us. That is not freedom. Freedom means I can do whatever I want as long as it doesn't infringe upon the freedoms of any other red-blooded American. Mr. Brohl, I applaud you for standing up to this ancient, theocratic, hate-driven nonsense bigotry against gay marriage. If God truly hated the homosexuals, why are they here? Hang in there, padre.
Lois Gallagher October 16, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Well put Jacob.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 16, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Suflo, I would be happy to discuss with you any theological topic you choose.
Suflo October 16, 2013 at 08:21 PM
After a full day of work and extra thinking between, I wish to recess until at least tomorrow. No, Friday. I have my grandchildren tomorrow. Mr. Jacob Terry, I laughed when I read your post. Freedom is to be able to take as many souls with you to hell when you die. Freedom is the spouting off of hate speech (read Jacob Terry) against gay marriage, and HE has the audacity to tell ME that I am imposing my personal societal norms upon him. Tolerance is the answer, even when tolerance only goes one way; yours. There are several of us who have spoken the truth as Jesus would have it, and the closer you realize that we have the Truth, the more manic your side gets. Mr. Terry, I'd like you to try an assignment. *Listen* to what the opposition has to say. I like when liberals think everyone is equal as long as they are not conservative. Speaks volumes of knowledge and/or lack of same. I'll put in a call to the Archdiocese tomorrow, and see if this layman can be silenced, or at least not to lead in lies that you are a bishop. If there is nothing the Administrators can do, I can guarantee that you will be blocked from offering marriages by a great number of people. Not all Catholics. We're no Westboro Baptist Church. Jesus turned over the money changer's tables in the temple. Expect NO LESS from us.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Suflo, I'll be waiting for you on Fri. Have a restful sleep. Enjoy your grandchildren.


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