Federal judge to decide whether 300 same-sex couples are legally married

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

A federal judge in Detroit will hear arguments tomorrow (Thu.) on whether Michigan must recognize 300 marriages of same-sex couples.

About 300 couples in four counties got married the day after a federal judge ruled Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. That case is now on appeal.

But Jay Kaplan of the American Civil Liberties Union says those couples got married while it was legal, and they should not have to wait for the state of Michigan to recognize that.

“These couples are married. They’re not asking for the right to get married, and the federal government does recognize them as legally married, does recognize their marriage, and the state says that it’s legal but they’re not recognizing it,” said Kaplan.

The state’s position is the courts should wait for the appeals to play out. The state is also asking the court to delay any decision to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.