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Snyder sued for not recognizing same-sex marriages



The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal.
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ALCU files suit to force Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages



The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month. Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher caught up with one of the eight couples named as plaintiffs in that lawsuit… and their 13 children.
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Schuette asks for fast action marriage case

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.
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Lisa Brown to be Mark Schauer’s running mate


Democrat Mark Schauer will name Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his running mate in his campaign for governor. An announcement is planned in Oakland County.

Lisa Brown comes from vote-rich Oakland County, fiercely contested territory for Republicans and Democrats. She’s a prodigious fundraiser. She is also a favorite of progressives. She challenged Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage in court. And she opened county offices the Saturday after a judge struck down Michigan’s ban to allow hundreds of gay and lesbian couples to get married. As a state legislator, she was a fierce defender of abortion rights.

Multiple Democratic Party sources confirmed Brown is the choice, but there is no official word from the Schauer campaign. Under the Michigan Constitution, the choice for lieutenant governor candidate will have to be ratified by a party convention following the August primary. Schauer is challenging Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

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US Attorney General says will recognize MI same-sex marriages

same sex marriageThe federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court. That means they will be able file joint federal tax returns and share federal government benefits.
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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages

same sex marriageSome congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.
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Governor Snyder: State will recognize 300 same-sex marriages



Governor Rick Snyder says same-sex marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state.
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Schuette: SCOTUS needs to resolve marriage question ASAP

gavelThe US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will not lift its order suspending the decision that struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban. The court extended its stay on the ruling while the case is being litigated. But it did agree to an expedited schedule to hear the case. Read more

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Local officials ask US Attorney General to recognize MI same-sex marriages



US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t.
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Judge tosses out state’s first witness to defend gay marriage ban

Supporters of Michigan’s gay marriage ban march around the federal court building in Detroit Monday. Some opponents of the ban marched alongside them.

Supporters of Michigan’s gay marriage ban march around the federal court building in Detroit Monday. Some opponents of the ban marched alongside them.

The state’s defense of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban got off to a rocky start Monday.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman tossed out the state’s first witness in the case. He said Yale law student Sherif Girgis did not qualify as an expert witness. The plaintiffs’ attorneys pointed to the fact that Girgis is still a student, and said he would only be expressing his opinion on gay marriage – not actual evidence.
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