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Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

Mar 27th, 2014 - State News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriage ceremonies performed last weekend.

The ceremonies were performed Saturday before a federal appeals court suspended a decision that overturned the state's ban. Several years ago Michigan voters approved the language of marriage being between 1 man and 1 woman.

Snyder's announcement closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples. The move comes after a day after an appeals court indefinitely stopped any additional same-sex marriages.

Snyder says the marriages were legal at the time but the stay means the ban now is back in effect.

The court is reviewing a decision by Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman, who struck down a 2004 constitutional amendment that says marriage is between a man and a woman.

It will take months for the appeals court to affirm or reject Friedman's opinion.

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