ACLU Now Considering Joining in Battle Over Same-Sex Benefits
While Governor Snyder has said gay couples married just hours after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, are legally married, he also said any benefits from those nuptials will be on hold until the issue is resolved.
Mlive.com is reporting that comment isn't sitting well with the American Civil Liberties Union which is now considering legal action on behalf of those couples to get them those benefits now.
Attorney General Bill Schuette asked for, and won, a stay of the ruling pending further appeals. That stay is indefinite. And while the legal process is continuing, those married in the last-minute weddings, are left in limbo.
The report says Governor Snyder's announcement could actually help those couples down the road. "It's very disconcerting that in one breath, he's saying these marriages are legal, and yet saying the state will deny any benefits, protections or recognitions associated with the marriage," said Jay Kaplan, ACLU Michigan LGBT Project attorney.
Kaplan claims the couples are being treated like "second-class citizens" and he thinks the ban will ultimately be overturned.
Attorney General Bill Schuette, though, defends his actions to continue to fight the ruling from U. S. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman last Friday. "I am charged with upholding the will of the people. The decided on the ban in 2004," he said. "If those in favor of gay marriages now want to change that with another vote--and it passes--I would defend that as well."
Schuette is currently on a four-day, 25 city campaign tour in his bid for re-election.
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