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Judge says Michigan must recognize same-sex marriages performed last March

Jan 15, 2015

A federal judge says 300 gay and lesbian couples are legally married, and the state has to recognize them.

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They were married on March 21, 2014. That’s the only day same-sex marriages were legal in Michigan. It was after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and before an appeals court put that decision on hold.       

Jay Kaplan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, says the appeals court decision did not affect the marriages that were performed.

"These plaintiffs, they got legally married last year," he said. "Their marriages are legal. The state has to recognize them."

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office is reviewing the decision.      

We could hear as soon as tomorrow whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.