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Snyder suspends legal marriages

Timothy Kincaid

March 26th, 2014

Earlier today I speculated that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) would find that those legal marriages occurring between the time in which Judge Friedman found the anti-gay ban unconstitutional and the time in which the court issued a stay would be precisely that: legal marriage. It seems I guessed wrong. (Buzzfeed)

On Wednesday, Snyder stated that those marriages are legal but that, because the state’s amendment banning recognition of such marriages is back on the books while the stay is in place, “the rights tied to these marriages are suspended” for the time being.

There may be legal arguments supporting that view, but I suspect this may have political consequences that do not work in his favor.

The immediate consequence is that this opens the marriages up to federal recognition.

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Kansas Sebastian
March 26th, 2014 | LINK

I don’t knw. I think it might work out in his favor. He gets to save face by doing all he can to show he’s against equal marriage. But he’s pretty much sabotaged the state’s case by recognizing the marriages are legal and then withholding benefits, creating an unequability under the law. He knows this is a position is ultimately untenable. He gives the people what they want, while giving his hard-line donors what they want. Brilliant!

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