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Gay Marriage in Michigan on Hold but For How Long?

Clerks in at least four Michigan counties handed out licenses before the ink was dry on a controversial marriage ruling in Michigan, marrying some 300 gay couples in the state before a stay was issued to stop the practice.  But how long will the stay remain in effect and what is the status now for those tying the knot?   Big questions that still remain in light of the decision. 

Stay issued on gay marriage issue until at least Wednesday is reporting that state officials say there will be no changes in Michigan due to Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling late Friday that struck down the voter-approved ban on gay marriage here.  That includes, according to the report, benefits, tax filing status, and adoption of children.

The issue is now before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which Saturday issued the stay until later this week while Attorney General Bill Schuette argues that the vote of the people in 2004 should stand until there is another vote reflecting the changing attitudes toward gay marriage.

Friedman ruled the ban violated the 14th Amendment by not providing equal protections under the law.  Analysts say his reasoning is not without merit.

A decision could come as early as mid-week. The stay will remain in effect until at least Wednesday.

Those in favor of the ban being lifted say it’s unfortunate they have to wait even longer for a decision but are confident the issue will ultimately be decided in their favor.  Others aren’t so sure and vow to fight on.

Join Jo Anne Paul and Steve Gruber weekdays from 5:30 to 9 AM on 1240 WJIM AM and the Stations of the Michigan Talk Network




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