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Michigan Governor Says State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Performed Over Weekend: VIDEO


Michigan will not recognize the hundreds of gay marriages performed over the weekend even though it sees them as "legal and valid", Governor Rick Snyder told reporters on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports:

"With respect to the marriages, we believe those are legal and valid marriages...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... Hopefully we’ll be able to provide some clarity, at least from our perspective, relatively soon."

The ACLU said yesterday that it would sue if the state decided not to offer benefits to the gay couples married in Michigan over the weekend.

The Governor issued this statement:

“After comprehensive legal review of state law and all recent court rulings, we have concluded that same-sex couples were legally married at county clerk offices in the time period between U.S. District Judge Freidman’s ruling and the 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporary stay of that ruling.

“In accordance with the law, the U.S. Circuit Court’s stay has the effect of suspending the benefits of marriage until further court rulings are issued on this matter. The couples with certificates of marriage from Michigan courthouses last Saturday were legally married and the marriage was valid when entered into. Because the stay brings Michigan law on this issue back into effect, the rights tied to these marriages are suspended until the stay is lifted or Judge Friedman’s decision is upheld on appeal.”

In another conversation with reporters, Snyder was asked his personal views about marriage, and refused to say what they were.

"I'm not going to go back and rehash a sentence in one debate from four years ago. I've been focused on jobs, it's my main message, and I'm staying consistent with that."

Attorney General Bill Schuette refused to give his personal opinion either.

Watch two clips of the governor and attorney general with reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Damn, Republicans suck. Not in a good way.

    Posted by: The Other One | Mar 26, 2014 2:12:18 PM

  2. Is Snyder up for re-election soon?

    Posted by: Sergio | Mar 26, 2014 2:14:00 PM

  3. USA = disaster

    Posted by: mike | Mar 26, 2014 2:22:16 PM

  4. Paging Eric Holder, paging Eric Holder.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 26, 2014 2:34:08 PM

  5. It's always amazing the amount of arm twisting it takes to get people to do what's right AND legal when it's their job to do both.

    Everyone knows a stay is just a way to drag out the inevitable. Families who desperately need the protection of being recognized as legal are being hurt by the delay. The big question remains, exactly who is the stay benefitting and why are they taking precedence? It has nothing to do with jobs, that's for sure.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 26, 2014 2:36:02 PM

  6. This will only result in more litigation, more taxpayer money wasted on something that will ultimately prevail as law. He's my governor but rest assured I didn't vote for him. He is up for reelection, and chances are he will succeed

    Posted by: Scotty | Mar 26, 2014 2:36:52 PM

  7. It is always good to be reminded that they really do hate us. Harry Hay spoke to a group of students when I was in college and he advised us to always remember that and to keep a wary eye no matter how comfortable and accepting things seem.

    Posted by: bicurious | Mar 26, 2014 2:38:36 PM

  8. By not saying anything, they say everything. He makes his lips move one way, but his thoughts go another.

    Herman Hesse said it best: "If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 26, 2014 2:44:49 PM

  9. Is this legal in US?

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 26, 2014 3:19:19 PM

  10. Michigan absolutely WILL recognize those marriages. You can't just ignore the law.

    In any case, Canada, about 20 other states, and the US federal government will certainly recognize those marriages.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 26, 2014 3:34:00 PM

  11. This is so sad. How did Michigan ever elect a Republican anyway? Are people there as backward as the Southeast?....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Mar 26, 2014 3:50:14 PM

  12. I have to disagree with (or perhaps clarify) one point by the governor: while the "marriages" may have been valid when entered into, and while they may be valid again if and when the stay is lifted, while the stay is in effect it nullifies the judge's order retroactively, as if it had never been issued. Therefore, legally speaking, the marriage licenses were issued in error, and the "marriages" entered into pursuant to them never took place.

    Posted by: TKinSC | Mar 26, 2014 3:52:51 PM

  13. It's like they purposefully try and hurt their own causes. Why would you refuse to adhere to the order? You're just going to set yourself for another challenge.

    Posted by: Pablo | Mar 26, 2014 4:15:52 PM

  14. that's leadership?
    what a couple of weasels.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 26, 2014 4:25:44 PM

  15. @Tkinsc:
    Although your arguments are a little bit weak and not masculine enough, I like you.
    Can I ask you a question?
    Are you straight?
    If you are straight, can you marry me?

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 26, 2014 4:27:14 PM

  16. OUTRAGE!!!

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 26, 2014 4:31:17 PM

  17. Time for a new Governor Michigan!

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 26, 2014 4:37:33 PM

  18. @TKINSC: Your record of making factually incorrect comments under every marriage post is intact.

    Fact: A stay does not nullify a court ruling. If it did, the appeals process would be unnecessary--the loser in court would magically become the winner. "Stay" and "nullify" are different words with quite different meanings. Is English your first language?

    Even the anti-gay governor concedes he believes the marriages are "legal and valid," which they are. In admitting that he's basically saying he knows the state doesn't have a case, but he's willing to prolong this--wasting taxpayer dollars-- for purely political purposes. Coward, but at least he understands he lost.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 26, 2014 5:14:30 PM

  19. My impostor tkinsc made all these bad arguments to destroy my reputation. His sole purpose is to make me look stupid.

    Posted by: tkinsc AKA tinkerbell | Mar 26, 2014 6:16:00 PM

  20. I can assure you. I am not THAT STUPID.

    Posted by: tkinsc AKA tinkerbell | Mar 26, 2014 6:23:23 PM

  21. Tinker bell, that's what Rick does. He makes up usernames to post horrible stuff. And the when he's called out for it he steals the usernames of those who do so to ruin their reps. He's pretty pathetic.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 26, 2014 9:26:15 PM

  22. may Michigan collapse with Detroit
    once a lovely place
    now hate and dissolution reign

    Posted by: lg | Mar 27, 2014 5:21:33 AM

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