Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced that that state will not recognize the nearly 300 same-sex marriages that were performed last Saturday in the state.
“With respect to the marriages, we believe those are legal and valid marriages,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “The stay being issued makes it more complicated. Because of the stay, we won’t recognize the benefits of the marriage until there’s a removal of the stay,” he added.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to provide some clarity, at least from our perspective, relatively soon.”
The marriages were performed after a recent court decision in Michigan legalizing marriage equality. That decision was appealed by Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette. The current stay could remain in place until 2015 when the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case.
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