First Couple Married on Saturday Responds to Michigan Governor Snyder

LANSING – Yesterday, while speaking to the press, Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, announced that the State of Michigan would not recognize the 323 marriage licenses issued to LGBT couples this past Saturday until the current appeal is concluded. While acknowledging that the licenses were filed lawfully, he said the state would not extend any state rights to those families. The licenses were issued during a one-day window between Judge Friedman’s verdict striking down Michigan’s ban on marriage equality and the appellate court issuing a stay on the verdict.

Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar were the first couple married on Saturday, and have been working with Equality Michigan, Michigan Legislators, and LGBT community leaders on a petition – http://eqmi.us/EndAppeal – asking Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette to drop their appeal to the DeBoer v. Snyder case. The petition now has over 18,000.

Statement by Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar, first LGBT couple married on Saturday

“Being legally married and receiving the benefits and protections of marriage are not, and cannot be, mutually exclusive. Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette allege that they are and have thereby created in Michigan, the gay marriage Catch-22.”

“The 300 couples married on Saturday are caught in a paradox – the contradiction that we’re married and we’re not. It’s akin to saying, “Rick Snyder, you were elected governor, but we’re not giving you an office or letting you serve”.”

“There is no in-between. We are not a “skim milk marriage” as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has so poignantly identified.”

“We reject Mr. Schuette’s argument that he is supporting the constitution. Fundamental rights cannot be trumped by the vote of a majority, especially a majority that no longer exists.  We are afforded the right to equal protection by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the other Constitution he solemnly swore to support.”

“While this is politics as usual for some, it is a deeply personal human rights issue for us. We encourage Michiganians to stand with April DeBoer, Jayne Rowse, and their legal team as they now must continue to fight for equal rights for all.”

The couple is asking people to support the DeBoer-Rowse legal fund by donating at: http://www.michiganmarriagechallenge.com/.

Equality Michigan Press Release