Injunctive Relief for Michigan Gay Marriages Sought
The ACLU is asking a federal court in Michigan to force the State of Michigan to recognize marriages performed in the time between the striking down of Michigan's gay marriage ban and a federal appeals court staying that lower court's decision.
"The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to order Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
A lawsuit was filed in April, but the case is moving slowly
The state still has until June 5 to respond. So the ACLU’s Michigan branch took a different step Thursday by seeking a preliminary injunction.
It means federal Judge Mark Goldsmith could make a decision before the entire case is finished.
Gov. Rick Snyder says the state won’t recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were performed a day after a judge struck down Michigan’s gay-marriage ban. There have been no additional marriages while the case is being appealed.
Snyder says state recognition should wait until the appeals end. The federal government is recognizing the marriages."