Yesterday, with the battle cry “the fight is on,” a coalition of over 100 Black pastors from Detroit, OutstateMichigan, and Ohio representing several hundred additional pastors,celebrated the amicus brief which was filed by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) on their behalf challenging the recent Federal District Court decision overturning Michigan’s 2004 constitutional amendment. Michigan’s Marriage Amendment (MMA) preserves traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, filed the amicusbrief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Attorney General Schuette’s appeal of the District Court’s decision.
Shortly after the decision overturning the Michigan Marriage Amendment, Minister Stacy Swimp contacted TMLC on behalf of the Coalition of Black Pastors asking whether the Law Center would be willing to file a brief on their behalf. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, replied that it would be their privilege. A subsequent meeting with several Pastors, Thompson and Erin Mersino of the Law Center, was held to discuss the ruling and the Pastors’ specific objections so that the brief would reflect their objections within a legal context in order to aid the appellate judges.