SW Michigan
2:34 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Snyder: 300 Same-Sex Marriages Legal, But...

Credit WMUK

Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that about 300 same-sex couples who exchanged vows late last week are legally married in Michigan. But the Detroit Free Press reports that Snyder also says they won't immediately get the benefits usually associated with marriage.

Snyder says those benefits are on hold for now while the issue works its way through the courts. A federal judge in Detroit ruled Friday that Michigan's voter-approved 2004 law banning same-sex is constitutional. But less than a day later the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay. On Monday it extended that stay so that it remains in effect while the appeals process is underway. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the court to overturn the ruling.

The Appeals Court is expected to begin hearing arguments in the case this summer.