Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan
Same-sex marriages in Michigan will be upheld by the federal government, despite the state's recent ban.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday, the U.S. government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed March 22 in Michigan before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a temporary halt. On Tuesday, the stay was extended indefinitely.
"These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,'' Holder said in a written statement.
"The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings," he said. "For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled"