Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that the state won't recognize the marriages of roughly 300 gay and lesbian couples performed on Saturday.

“With respect to the marriages, we believe those are legal and valid marriages,” Snyder is quoted as saying by the AP. “The stay being issued makes it more complicated.”

“Because of the stay, we won't recognize the benefits of the marriages until there's a removal of the stay. Hopefully, we'll be able to provide some clarity, at least from our perspective, relatively soon.”

County clerks' offices at only 4 out of Michigan's 83 counties opened Saturday to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after a federal judge on Friday struck down Michigan's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual couples.

(Related: Hundreds marry in Michigan before appeals court stays gay marriage decision.)

Utah officials are also not recognizing the more than 1,300 gay couples who exchanged vows during the 17-day windows when such unions were legal in the state. The ACLU of Utah has asked a federal judge to force Utah to recognize those marriages. On Wednesday, the Michigan chapter of the ACLU said it was considering similar action in Michigan.

“It's a real head scratcher that the governor plans to deny rights that all other married couples are entitled to under state law,” Jay Kaplan, a lawyer for the ACLU, told the AP. “That shamefully treats same sex couples as second-class citizens.”