Married same-sex couples seek recognition in Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Hundreds of same-sex couples who were married in Michigan are seeking a court order that would force the state to recognize the unions.

A federal judge in Detroit is hearing arguments Thursday on whether to grant an injunction. At the same time, attorneys for the state will ask Judge Mark Goldsmith to dismiss the lawsuit or at least freeze it until higher courts rule on Michigan's gay marriage ban.

Gov. Rick Snyder won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were performed in March, a day after a judge struck down the ban. He says it's better to wait until the entire legal process ends.

A federal appeals court two weeks ago heard arguments in cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.



Indiana appeals latest same-sex marriage ruling

Indiana is appealing a federal judge's ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Attorney General's office spokesman Bryan Corbin says the state filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young, in his ruling Tuesday evening, granted the state's request for a stay, delaying it from taking effect until the appeals court rules on an earlier same-sex marriage decision. The appeals court will hear oral arguments in that case next week.

Corbin says the state's latest appeal likely will be litigated on a different timetable than the cases scheduled for arguments next week.


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