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Michigan Gay Marriage Supporters Ask Governor and Attorney General to Drop Appeal: VIDEO


More than 17,000 people have signed a petition led by Equality Michigan asking Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop their appeal of a Friday ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, MLive reports:

Schuette, who is in the midst of a statewide tour announcing his re-election bid, said at a campaign stop in Lansing on Tuesday that he was pursuing the appeal as part of the duties of his office.

"My job is to defend the constitution. I took an oath," Schuette said. "I do that seriously. I don't do it lightly. I took an oath as attorney general to defend the constitution and, you know, constitutions are meant to be followed. They're not meant to be convenient, and they cannot be casually dismissed."

The state has said it will not recognize the marriages performed on Saturday, and Schuette said "the courts will decide" if those marriages are legally valid and should be recognized.

ACLU of Michigan attorney Jay Kaplan said his organization would challenge the state's refusal to recognize the marriages already performed if those 300 couples are denied rights afforded to married couples.

Michigan Equality held a press conference at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday afternoon regarding the petition which allso addressed "request from East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum that was sent on Monday morning to US Attorney General US Attorney General Eric Holder that he declare the close to 300 marriages performed on Saturday as 'lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits.'"

Watch part of the press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "I was just doing my job." How many have tried to find cold comfort in that over the years, right?

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 26, 2014 8:08:35 AM

  2. By his definition of his duties he should also be recognizing the legal marriages performed on Saturday.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 26, 2014 9:53:43 AM

  3. Michigan - The South's revenge.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 26, 2014 11:34:45 AM

  4. "I took an oath as attorney general to defend the constitution and, you know, constitutions are meant to be followed."

    The Michigan AG's oath refers to "support" (NOT defend) BOTH the US constitution and the state constitution. If Schuette (I keep saying some other, uh, word) is only referring to one constitution, he's in violation of his oath and should be removed. Because, yes, the US constitution is meant to be followed, and supersedes the state constitution when it comes to equality and due process.

    Also, the state of Michigan legally wed those same-sex couples, and it is not legal to simply ignore what it has done. That is, if nothing else, a clear violation of due process.

    I hope those couples lawyer up and get this scumbag back into court.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 26, 2014 3:09:35 PM

  5. He's standing on the WRONG side of history!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Mar 26, 2014 7:33:35 PM

  6. @Dr. Christopher Blackwell: it depends on what he actually does, I wouldn't put him on the wrong side of history if he (a) refrains from disparaging gays and lesbians, (b) simply states the best legal argument in favor of Michigan's law, and (c) tells the court that the chance of him winning an appeal is too low to justify a stay that would delay same-sex marriages. This harms no one and gives the appellate court an opportunity to drive a few more nails into the proverbial coffin by possibly setting some useful precedents.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 27, 2014 1:52:17 AM

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