LANSING, MI – It is expected that on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit will hear the emergency appeal filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on the ruling that the ban on Gay marriage was overturned by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.
A three-judge panel has been assigned to hear the emergency appeal, those on the panel have yet to be disclosed. This puts any further marriages of gay men and women on hold and places those who have already been married during the short window of opportunity in limb.
Governor Rick Snyder’s office released a statement that those who have already been married will not be currently recognized in the State of Michigan until all appeals are exhausted.
This was the statement that the Governor’s office released when Judge Friedman released his ruling on Friday.
Snyder spokesperson Sara Wurfel:
“We respect the court’s ruling and recognize that there are going to be appeals filed.
“The Governor’s been clear in his support for adoptive families and in particular the work of DHS to strengthen children’s services and matching kids in foster care with permanent families. Key, essential progress has been made.
“Michigan’s statute and our state’s Constitution are very clear on this matter. This was not about LGBT or adoption issues, but about obligation to defend the law and Constitution as people wrote or amended it, and the voter-initiated language in the Constitution clearly prohibits him from giving the benefits of marriage to a same sex couple. That’s a responsibility he has to, and does, take seriously.
“If voters decided to change Michigan’s provisions, or ultimately courts conclude the provision of the Michigan Constitution cannot be enforced, he’d respect those decisions and follow the rule of law. (The) Governor is going to remain focused on ensuring Michigan’s continued comeback and quality of life for all Michiganders.”