74
      Friday
      76 / 53
      Saturday
      78 / 56
      Sunday
      82 / 60

      Governor Snyder says same-sex couples legally married Saturday

      Governor Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that same-sex couples married on Saturday did so legally, but benefits are being suspended.

      "After comprehensive review of state law and all recent court rulings, we have concluded that same-sex couples were legally married at county clerk offices in the time period between U.S. District Judge Freidman's ruling and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporary stay on that ruling," said Governor Snyder.

      The governor did mention that the stay has suspended benefits for the same-sex couples that married on Saturday.

      "Because the stay brings Michigan law on this issue back into effect, the rights tied to these marriages are suspended until the stay is lifted or Judge Friedman's decision is upheld on appeal," Snyder added.

      According to the Associated Press, more than 300 same-sex marriages were performed on Saturday, but it could take months before they find out if they will receive benefits in Michigan.