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Marriage Benefits On Hold For Wedded Same-Sex Couples

Mar 24, 2014

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  The Michigan governor's office says state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage.  

Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel told The Associated Press on Sunday that Gov. Rick Snyder considers the issue moot until the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati decides whether to extend the hold on the ruling. That's expected no sooner than Wednesday.

The appeals court Saturday issued the temporary stay of a Detroit federal judge's Friday ruling throwing out Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

About 300 couples wed Saturday in four Michigan counties before the appeals court's action. Snyder's policy could block those couples from seeking adoption, tax or other state benefits available to married couples in Michigan.