Michigan Governor to decide ‘soon’ on legal status of gay married couples

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The Governor of the US state of Michigan has said he will decide soon on whether 300+ gay couples who married in the state on Saturday will be recognised by the state.

Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday said he would decide soon on whether those marriages would be recognised.

Shortly after a judge ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, hundreds of couples married.

After that, an appeals court issued a stay, which meant that counties were temporarily banned from issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples. The stay was temporarily extended today.

On Wednesday, Snyder said: “Hopefully we’ll be able to provide some clarity at least from our perspective on that relatively soon. My job is to actually follow the law, and that’s the issue we’re analyzing right now.”

He is expected to issue a decision later on Wednesday, after he consults his lawyers.

Snyder said earlier this week that he would obey the law in whatever ruling a court made on the issue of same-sex marriage in the state.