News Release from Neil Carrick

Detroit pastor moves forward with lawsuit against the state regarding marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

State Political Party, National & Local Clergy endorse Pastors lawsuit and efforts

Pastor to Serve Attorney General and Governor with Lawsuit, Pastor hopes to expand Lawsuit with Co-Plaintiff’s.

Detroit, Michigan, April 7, 2015– Detroit Pastor Neil Patrick Carrick who filed his lawsuit on January 12th in the Eastern District of the Federal Court is moving forward with his efforts to De-Criminalize Same Sex Marriage and Polygamist Marriages in Michigan.

The case is assigned to Judge Judy Levy. An openly Gay Judge with children.

The Lawsuit will be served to both the Attorney General and Governor shortly with a request to await the DeBoers V Snyder outcome that is currently before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court will hear the DeBoers’s case in late April and a judgement should come before the end of June.

If the Supreme Court should decide in favor of Same Sex Marriage it will create a partial victory for Carrick V. Snyder case in terms of the decriminalization of Same Sex Marriage.

Recently Pastor Carrick has won the support of Libertarian Party of Michigan which has endorsed his efforts regarding Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality, and the support of National Denomination Leaders such as the President of the Alliance of Baptist: Rev. Michael Castle, and locally such as Monastery Leader: Koho Vince Cousino Anila of the Detroit Buddhist Monastery Still Point.

Pastor Carrick hopes to expand the lawsuit with Co-Plaintiff’s such as fellow Clergy and Congregations who wish to perform ceremonies for same sex couples and other sexual minorities, and same sex couples and polygamist families who would like to participate in such ceremonies.

Interested parties can find information regarding the lawsuit and if interested in being co-plaintiff’s contact the legal team handling the future efforts of the lawsuit at

Pastor Carrick along with supporters are in the early stages of planning a Civil Rights Protest where clergy will perform Marriage Ceremonies that are in violation of the Michigan Marriage Laws. The Protest would include local clergy and wedding participants who are barred from marrying under Michigan Law.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Neil Patrick Carrick at 734-469-0122 or email at

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