Same-Sex Marriage Happens In Michigan, Then Halted
Matt | On 24, Mar 2014
There has been lots of news coming out of Michigan over the weekend.
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This paved the way for about 300 marriage licenses to be issued in a short amount the following day. Then the state’s Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency stay at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with the 6th circuit to prevent more unions from going forward. The ruling to overturn the ban was suspended — preventing more unions — until at least Wednesday, March 26.
As of Monday, the couples that were married were unsure about the status of their unions because of the legal wrangling. State agencies have been ordered to hold on offering services to same-sex couples until they know more information later in the week.
Both Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder, who are Republicans, are opposed to same sex marriage and fighting to stop it in Michigan. Schuette said, “Michigan voters enshrined that decision in our State constitution, and their will should stand and be respected. I will continue to carry out my duty to protect and defend the Constitution.”
Michigan voters decided in 2004 by a 59-41 percent margin to ban and not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions.
It is mighty funny that Republicans in the state now want to respect the will of the people. Just a few years ago I remember them trampling that same “will” in the fight to strip union rights in the heavily-unionized state.
Please believe that the marriage fight in Michigan is far from over.