USA, Michigan: Marriage Equality Ruling Stay to Remain in Place

Written by scott on March 26th, 2014

MichiganThe brief window when same sex couples could marry will not be repeated any time soon in Michigan.

Gay City News reports:

Ruling on March 25, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay on last week’s marriage equality ruling in Michigan to allow the state to bring its appeal before the circuit. In an order that ran to just over three pages, the panel’s majority — which included Circuit Court Judge John Rogers and District Court Judge Karen Caldwell — laid out the four factors courts consider in determining whether or not a ruling should be stayed pending appeal, and then noted that those factors would “balance no differently” than they had when the State of Utah won a stay from the Supreme Court after a district court in December ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry in that state. Pointing to the parallels between the two cases, the majority found, “There is no apparent basis to distinguish this case or to balance the equities any differently than the Supreme Court did” in the Utah case. The court also noted that other recent district court rulings in favor of marriage equality have been stayed at the request of state government defendants — though, in fact, a marriage recognition order in Tennessee has not, at this point, been stayed.

In the meantime, Governor Rick Snyder says he will follow whatever ruling the court ultimately issues.

Pink News reports:

Saying he has no personal position on the issue, Governor Rick Snyder said on Monday: “If a federal judge changes the law…then I’m going to follow what’s been redefined as the law.” “So I am not spending time [on] the issue itself… Social issues, generally, I don’t take a position,” he continued. “I stay focused on jobs and kids.” Going on he said he hoped the Court of Appeals, with which the decision now lies, will clarify the position for the 300+ couples who married in the state on Saturday. He said: “Hopefully the Court of Appeals and their stay or something can clarify the status [of weddings] that took place in the interim. Those couples are in a tough spot. So I want to get some clarity.”

Anyone know yet when the case will be heard at the 6th Circuit?

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