Local Same-Sex Couple Expected Stay Married Anyway

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (March 26, 2014) — Gov. Snyder is weighing in on the gay marriage debate as the issue makes its way through the appeals process.

Snyder says hundreds of same-sex couples who tied the knot before a stay was issued on last Friday’s ruling are legally married, but the benefits that come with the matrimony won’t come for now.

That stay on Judge Friedman’s ruling was upheld in a 2-to-1 vote by the appeals court Tuesday.

It could be months before either the appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court makes another ruling on the issue.

Gay Marriage in Legal LimboThe governor’s decision comes as no surprise to couples who were married last weekend or to the county clerks who married them.

“I guess it doesn’t really mean that much to me if the government recognizes it or not,” Jere Clausen said.

He and husband Bruce Walters were the first same-sex couple married in Muskegon. They were married mere hours before the appeals court put a stay on same-sex marriages.

Now, just days into their marriage, the union is no longer officially recognized by the state.

“Yes, it’s a bump in the road, but it’s not unexpected,” Clausen said.. “Both my partner and I expect this.”

Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters made the couple’s marriage by working on Saturday.

She was disappointed by the governor’s decision not to recognize those marriages.

“Ihe individual couples that we were able to give a marriage license to and who got married are all the same rules and laws that we are required to have them follow.” Waters said.

Now, the couple waits in limbo until the appeal process plays out, a process that could take months, even years.

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  • dann

    that's a good question…… and the county clerk from one of the counties stated she waved the 3 day wait. I all ways thought that was mandatory. and the county clerk in Muskegon flat out said that to get a marriage license in Muskegon one person has to reside in Muskegon county but they over looked that law also. So in my head I'm doing the math and I keep coming up with that everyone single one of these marriages is void.

    • Reichert

      Thank you for having the sense and courage to stand up and tell it like it is ! They keep whining about those marriages but first off the clerks should be fired ! There not open on sat for any one else nor have they ever waived the 3 day or the STD COUNSELING and as we all know AIDS WAS AND PROBABLY still Is rampant in the gay comunity . They are dirty and immoral and want to push it down our throats , and it don’t stop there after the marriage they were on the news whining about not being able to vote now . Hey the law is the law and sodomy is a CRIME !