Governor Snyder: State will recognize 300 same-sex marriages
Governor Delivers State of State Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press
March 26, 2014 | WGVU
Snyder says he has no
choice because a federal appeals court suspended a judge’s decision that struck
down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban. The weddings all occurred Saturday before
the appeals court order. Snyder says those couples, more than 300 of them, can
say they’re legally married, but the appeals court order means the state can’t
confer any of the benefits that go with that.
don’t believe we have legal authority to do that in the state of Michigan
because, again, the law in the state of Michigan is a marriage of that type
would not be recognized by the state.”
Some officials have asked for federal recognition of the
marriages that took place. And the American Civil Liberties Union says it may
go to court to get the state to recognize those marriages.
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