Michigan Governor Says State Will Not Recognize 323 Marriages Performed Saturday

LANSING – Just this afternoon, 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.

Yesterday, Equality Michigan, Michigan Legislators, and LGBT community leaders spoke with the press about the recent DeBoer v. Snyder marriage equality case and presented over 14,000 signatures 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 17,000.

Earlier this week, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum sent a request to US Attorney General US Attorney General Eric Holder that he declare the close to 300 marriages performed on Saturday as “lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits.” The US Attorney General’s office has not yet responded. A copy of the letter (PDF) is available online: http://eqmi.us/ByrumTriplett324

Statement by Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan

“Equality Michigan finds it despicable that a Governor claiming to stand for families, children, and the economy would side with his out-of-touch Attorney General and continue this wasteful crusade to harm Michigan families. The DeBoer-Rowse family and their legal team will continue to defend our families in court, and the efforts by people like East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum to get the government to recognize these marriages will not be forgotten. Equality Michigan calls on the Governor to end the second-class treatment of LGBT families in Michigan and the executive branch’s attack on marriage equality.”

Via Equality Michigan Press Release