Gay marriage stay extended by appeal court

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is extending its hold on gay marriages in Michigan. The appeals court voted 2-1 yesterday (Tue) to extend its temporary stay on same-sex marriages until formal arguments are heard in the case, as requested by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is considering asking the U.S. Supreme Court for another stay to keep same-sex couples from marrying. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on Saturday temporarily halting marriages among same-sex couples following U.S. district Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling on Friday that Michigan’s bans on gay marriage and same-sex adoption violate the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. About 300 couples were able to get married before the stay was issued. However, those marriages are yet to be recognized by state or federal. A spokesperson for Governor Rick Snyder said Monday the state was awaiting a decision from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and expected some guidance from the court on how to proceed with the marriages. While, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice said only that the department was closely monitoring the situation. The appeals court will hear formal arguments on the case, but no date has been set. (MRN)

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