Eric Holder Declares Federal Government Will Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In Michigan


Today US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government will recognize gay marriages performed in Michigan after the landmark ruling by District Judge Bernard Friedman (a Reagan appointee) which found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, according to Freedom to Marry:

I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government. These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages. The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings. For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled.

You’ll recall that earlier this week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder remarked that the state would not “recognize the benefits of the [gay] marriage[s] until there’s a removal of the stay.” The stay in question halted gay marriage in the Great Lakes State and was granted by the 6th circuit court of appeals shortly after Judge Friedman’s ruling was given. That ruling will now be subject to the 6th circuit’s jurisprudence. 

Holder previously announced a similar decision regarding couples married in Utah who found their marriages in legal limbo like their brothers and sisters up north in Michigan now do.


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    The Attorney General’s eyes can me an orgas…well, I’m being a little dramatic, but I love Eric Holder’s eyes.

    Was there something more pertinent about this article I should be aware of?

  2. Gay Guy says

    How about the IRS requiring states to accept joint filing from anybody who files a federal joint return (or that states would be thrown out of the tax data sharing program).

  3. GreatLakeSailor says

    “These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages.”

    Lemmie help you with that AG Holder

    These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as OTHER MARRIAGES.

  4. GreatLakeSailor says

    Just an observation – some commenters point out that a Republican DOJ/AG would probably not step up and do the right thing and recognize these marriages.

    I wholeheartedly agree; I am confident they would not.

    However, using Fascists as your benchmark sets the bar a wee bit low, no?

  5. raul says

    GREATLAKESAILOR the comparison is obviously a question of what would have happened if the election had gone the other way.

    Well, we know Mittens would have killed the economy and then stood by while the GOP used the same political tactics they have used for decades.

    No matter your political stripe there is no question that this President and administration have been at the vanguard of change and inclusion for the gay.

  6. TonyJazz says

    It is scary when you think about the progress we’ve made in recent years when there is still the threat of hateful Republicans regaining the White House.

    It is immoral and disgraceful that we need to live in fear of these rich & rigid people.

    I pray it never happens. (Romney, please go back to your hole in the ground…)

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