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...