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300 Gay/Lesbian Marriages On Hold Pending Appeal

 
300 Gay/Lesbian Marriages On Hold Pending Appeal
Posted March 25th, 2014 @ 4:10am by Michigan Radio Network

Neither the state nor federal government are yet recognizing an estimated 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a ruling Saturday that threw out the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

A spokesperson for Governor Rick Snyder says the state is awaiting a decision from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and expects some guidance from the court on how to proceed with the marriages.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice says the department is closely monitoring the situation. U.S. district Judge Bernard Friedman overturned Michigan’s bans on gay marriage and same-sex adoption Friday, however the ruling was issued after most county clerks offices had closed for the day.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately filed an emergency request for stay and appeal of the judge’s ruling.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on Saturday temporarily halting marriages among same-sex couples until at least Wednesday, when arguments could be heard on whether the stay should be lifted or remain in place. However, hundreds of couples were able to get married before the stay was issued.

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