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Rachel Maddow on Michigan's Gay Marriage Limbo and What Comes Next: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow takes a look at the federal ruling in Michigan on Friday that opened a window allowing hundreds of couples to marry and the stay that closed that window, putting all those marriages in limbo.

What will the federal government do? What will the court do in a hearing scheduled for Wednesday?

How will the IRS treat a joint tax return that one just-married couple managed to file in the window when gays were able to marry in Michiga?



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  1. It is so sad and silly to me (and Rachel, obviously) that we are having to fight for our civil rights on a state-by-state piecemeal basis. The SCOTUS should've done the right thing with their DOMA ruling and made this a federal change instead of the inevitable (and MUCH more expensive route) change that will have to result that a federal judge at the state level could only conclude from their DOMA ruling to being with. It's absolutely pathetic.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Mar 25, 2014 9:37:40 AM

  2. EXACTLY what Dr. Christopher Blackwell said X1000!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 25, 2014 9:53:26 AM

  3. Do not be complacent. I thought voting rights and Roe v. Wade were settled decades ago. Look at what is happening in the states now. Gay rights may be winning as of the moment.....but just consider the coming insidious backlash. What if R's win have WH/Senate/Congress 2016 and state legislatures/Governors??? DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

    Posted by: Reality_Check | Mar 25, 2014 2:57:43 PM

  4. The blame for any resulting confusion rests squarely on the shoulders of the county clerks, who knew full well that these "marriages" would be put in limbo once a stay was issued, but chose to open on Saturday anyway.

    That said, the legal issue isn't all that complicated. As long as the stay is in effect, same-sex "marriage" does not exist, *and has never existed*, in the State of Michigan. All those couples have never been married to whoever they pretended to marry Saturday, and all state and federal governmental polices should reflect that fact.

    That one couple's joint tax return should be rejected, as you have to be married in order to file a joint return.

    Posted by: TKinSC | Mar 25, 2014 4:46:13 PM

  5. Whenever the stay is lifted, either sooner or at the end of the appeals process, the marriages performed on Saturday will be legal. It's only a matter of how long the couples need to wait. The state will futilely dig in its heels, whereas the federal government will most likely recognize them quickly, as they did in Utah. The only certain thing now is that they are not void.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 25, 2014 5:36:43 PM

  6. "federal governmental polices should reflect that fact."
    "Should reflect" doesn't mean the Obama admin cares what you said. Most likely they will recognize those marriages just as those in Utah.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 26, 2014 1:59:02 AM

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