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Posted: Wednesday, 26 March 2014 2:50PM

Governor Snyder: Gay Marriages Legal, But Suspended Pending Court Decision

Governor Snyder says the same-sex couples who were able to say their vows on Saturday were legally married, but the state isn't yet recognizing the unions. That's due to the stay issued on the ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as the court will be hearing formal arguments on the lawsuit seeking to overturn Michigan's gay marriage ban. Governor Snyder says he has reviewed state law and recent court rulings to come to the conclusion. However, with the stay being extended Tuesday by the appellate court, Snyder says the rights tied to the marriages are suspended until either the stay is lifted or the decision by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman is upheld on appeal.

Here is Governor Snyder's full statement:
"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."


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