The judge who made history by throwing out Michigan's ban on gay marriage has been on the federal bench for 26 years.
Bernard Friedman was appointed in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. The 70-year-old Friedman was a District Court judge in Oakland County before getting a big promotion to federal court in Detroit.
Friedman was the court's chief judge for 4 1/2 years until 2009.
In 2008, the local Federal Bar Association named its annual civility award after Friedman. The association's members are lawyers who regularly practice in federal court.
Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Do you agree with Judge Friedman's decision to throw out Michigan's gay marriage ban? Yes or no? Why or why not?