Michigan to recognize 300 same-sex marriages, federal judge rules

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DETROIT, Mich. -- A federal judge has ordered the state of Michigan to recognize 300 marriages that were performed last year when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed in the state.

Judge Mark A. Goldsmith has ruled that failing to recognize the marriages would be a violation of the couples' 14th Amendment rights.

"In these circumstances, what the state has joined together, it may not put asunder," the ruling says.

In March 2014, a federal judge ruled in favor of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a Michigan couple attempting to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.   Same-sex marriage was allowed in the state for about 24 hours before a stay was ordered and the ban was put back in place.

On Nov. 6, 2014, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.  According to FOX 2, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce Friday if it will hear the case.

Judge Goldsmith's ruling includes a 21-day stay.

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  • Shari F.

    The same judge also issued a stay on his own ruling, preventing it from going into effect, because he knows he has no authority to step in between the Cinci court and the SCOTUS, and that MI will appeal his ruling and be granted a stay on it of their own.

    This doesn’t change anything for anyone.

  • roger

    First of all I most apologize if my grammar is a little off English language is one of the 3 I’m capable of so I’m learning still , English, French & Spanish I just love languages, anyway this is for all of you who are gay , if you’re happy been that way , go for it . nobody will live your life for you ,and sincerely I don’t think that anyone besides you family and friends will care if you stop breading tomorrow , and about god . He is the Lord all merciful and only (He ) will judge you went the time for you to be front of him will come ,no your friends, no your wife , husband , no one but yourself will appeal for you , so bottom line , you know what’s best for you . we born , we grow , we learn , we die .. That’s all