Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issues statement on same-sex marriages performed before appeals court stay
March 26, 2014
Governor Rick Snyder issued a statement:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement today regarding marriage licenses distributed to same-sex couples in Michigan on Saturday, March 22:
“After comprehensive legal review of state law and all recent court rulings, we have concluded that same-sex couples were legally married at county clerk offices in the time period between U.S. District Judge Freidman’s ruling and the 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporary stay of that ruling.
“In accordance with the law, the U.S. Circuit Court’s stay has the effect of suspending the benefits of marriage until further court rulings are issued on this matter. The couples with certificates of marriage from Michigan courthouses last Saturday were legally married and the marriage was valid when entered into. Because the stay brings Michigan law on this issue back into effect, the rights tied to these marriages are suspended until the stay is lifted or Judge Friedman’s decision is upheld on appeal.”
In other words, the same-sex marriages that were performed after the district court’s ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban, but before the Sixth Circuit issued a stay, are legal marriages. Even so, Michigan won’t allow marriage rights to be given to those married couples because the ruling has been stayed pending appeal.
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