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US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

Published: Fri, March 28, 2014 @ 11:26 a.m.

DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder today extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

Holder's action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married Saturday, which means they can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners, among other benefits.

The attorney general said the families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their benefits while courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in Michigan. Holder did the same thing in Utah, where more than 1,000 same-sex couples got married before the U.S. Supreme Court put those unions on hold in January after a federal judge overturned the conservative state's same-sex marriage ban in December.

Holder's decision came a week after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman in Detroit struck down the gay marriage ban and two days after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called last weekend's marriages legal but said Michigan won't recognize them.

Donna DeMarco and Lisa Ulrey were among the dozens of couples who married Saturday in Oakland County, northwest of Detroit.

DeMarco's reaction to Friday's federal recognition: "Cool."


1rickking123(292 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Why is it nonsense to have a differing belief?

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2olddude(201 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

That thing about STATES RIGHTS in the U.S Constitution keeps getting in the way of the liberal agenda and the prez and his top enforcer keep finding ways around it...Its the citizens of Michigan who should decide and noone else,, And by the way, if the vote was on an Ohio ballot, I'd let em be married. There have been numerous Ohio cases in which the ceremony took place in N.H or somewhere else and when its time to end the relationship, the one with the most assets wants it all and declares the Buckeye state doesnt recognize the marriage..Let em play by same crummy rules that the rest of us do,,

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3DwightK(1256 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Michigan's governor said the marriages were performed legally so of course Federal benefits apply. The state can't forcibly unmarry a couple.

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