The Michigan chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to
force Michigan to recognize the marriages of more than 300 gay and
lesbian couples who exchanged vows during the 24-hour window when
such unions were legal in the state.
On March 21, U.S. District Judge
Bernard Friedman ruled the state's marriage ban invalid. Clerks in four
Michigan counties opened their doors the following day, a Saturday,
to marry more than 300 gay couples before the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals in Cincinnati suspended Friedman's decision as the state
pursues an appeal.
While the federal government has said
it will recognize the marriages as valid, Governor Rick Snyder said
the state will not.
admin says Michigan gay marriages will be recognized.)
The ACLU's lawsuit includes eight
couples who married on March 22 in Michigan.
“By retroactively stripping
Plaintiffs' marriages of legal recognition, the Governor has placed
Plaintiffs and their families in an intolerable state of legal limbo
that threatens their wellbeing, health, financial security, and
family integrity, and denies their dignity as free and equal
ACLU's lawsuit argues. “Absent relief from this Court,
Plaintiffs will be unable to access critical protections and benefits
for themselves and their families that are enjoyed as [a] right by
all other couples who were legally married in Michigan.”
is also suing Utah for not recognizing more than 1,300 gay
couples who married after the state's ban was struck down in