Michigan same-sex marriage ban back in effect

March 26, 2014
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Well, that was quick. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and on Saturday courthouses held special weekend hours to begin marrying couples. But the celebrations were short-lived, as that same day the 6th Circuit granted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a temporary stay until Wednesday. Looks like they couldn’t even wait until Wednesday, as news outlets are reporting today that a federal appeals court decided to continue the stay through the appeals process— effectively putting the kibosh on further same-sex marriages in Michigan until a higher court weighs in (which may not be until next year).

The 300 or so same-sex marriages granted over the weekend will not be recognized as valid in Michigan, according to Snyder:

“With respect to the marriages, we believe those are legal and valid marriages,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “The stay being issued makes it more complicated.

“Because of the stay, we won’t recognize the benefits of the marriage until there’s a removal of the stay,” he added.

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