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USA, Michigan: Governor Snyder Calls 300 Same Sex Marriages “Moot”

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Michigan Governor Rick SnyderShowing contempt and disregard for his state’s LGBT citizens, Michigan’s Governor says the state will not recognize the 300 same sex weddings performed saturday.

Think Progress reports:

About 300 Michigan same-sex couples tied the knot this weekend during a short window before Friday’s marriage equality ruling was temporarily stayed. Because of that stay, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) believes those marriages are “moot,” though he won’t clarify whether or not it to legally recognize them. Snyder spokeswoman Sarah Wurfel told the AP that the administration is simply not weighing in yet:

We are not saying that we aren’t or won’t recognize the marriages that happened on Saturday, but that we’re awaiting further court or legal direction on this complex, unusual situation… Either way, this can’t be construed one way or another as not recognizing the validity of the same sex marriages. The order is stayed (at least until Wednesday), [so the] issue is moot at this point until resolved.

This comes at a particularly sensitive time, as tax returns are due in just three weeks, and these couples are in legal limbo until the issue is resolved.

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USA, Utah: Attorney General Will Issue an Opinion on Existing Same-Sex Marriages Today

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Utah Attorney General Sean ReyesMore than 1300 same-sex couples married in Utah during the brief window when a judge made it legal. Now we’re waiting for the state’s Attorney General to weigh in.

Joe.My.God reports:

The opinion, which is expected to be presented to Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, will determine if the state provides services to legally wed same-sex couples pending the appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay same-sex marriages in Utah pending an appeal of Amendment 3 has placed hundreds of couples in a legal gray area. After the Dec. 20 decision declaring it unconstitutional, Governor Gary Herbert directed state agencies to offer services in compliance with a federal judge’s order. But now that the Supreme Court justices have stayed the request, many agencies are wondering if they still must comply.

Given the Attorney General’s expressed hostility toward marriage equality, we’d be surprised if he declared the marriages valid.

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USA: Two More Federal Agencies Now Officially Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

USA MapIn the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, the changes are slowly rolling through the US government.

Time Magazine reports:

Two more federal agencies announced Friday they will change their policies to recognize same-sex marriages, as the Obama administration continues to implement government-wide changes after the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law this year. The Department of Education will now recognize same-sex marriages for purposes of filing for financial aid, including completing the FAFSA form… Customs and Border Protection, meanwhile, said it will expand the definition of “members of a family residing in a household” to include “long-term same-sex couples and other domestic relationships,” which will make it easier for couples to file joint customs declarations when returning to the country.

Small but welcome changes.

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USA, North Carolina: National Guard to Recognize Same Sex Marriages

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

North Carolina MapBucking the Southern trend, officials announced the state’s National Guard will recognize same sex marriages.

WRAL reports:

The North Carolina National Guard announced Monday that it will begin recognizing same-sex marriages, a policy shift that could have substantial financial help for families not previously eligible for the same federal military benefits awarded to heterosexual couples. Spokesman Lt. Col. Maury A. Williams said the Guard will abide by U.S. Department of Defense orders extending benefits to the same-sex spouses of uniformed service members. Williams said couples who wed in states where same-sex marriage is legal can begin applying for benefits immediately.

Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, take note.

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