LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Nearly one year ago roughly 300 same-sex couples in Michigan got married.
They tied-the-knot just hours after a federal judge ruled the Michigan ban was unconstitutional. But, there was an appeal to that decision and ultimately Michigan chose not to recognize their unions.
Fast forward to last month, a U.S. district court judge ruled it is unconstitutional for Michigan to deny those couples full marriage benefits. The judge gave the governor 21 days to appeal the ruling and that deadline is almost up.
Sometime Tuesday a letter came across Governor Snyder’s desk. It is a letter urging Governor Snyder to let the deadline pass and allow the 300 same sex couples married in Michigan full marriage benefits.It is signed by the 11 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Curtis Hertel Junior is included in among the 11 members.
They defend that the rights 300 same sex couples married last year are just as valid as every other Michigander. They even reference specifics in the Governor’s State of the State speech where he called for the legislature to continue working to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include the millions of Michigan residents left unprotected.
Governor Snyder has until tomorrow to appeal the U.S. District Court ruling.
Stay with 6 News as we follow this developing story. We will bring you updates as we get them.