Dying Man’s Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be Recognized In MI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A dying East Grand Rapids man and his partner will not get their marriage recognized in Michigan ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

According to our sister station WOOD, Bruce Morgan, who has an inoperable brain cancer, and his partner Brian Merucci married in New York in 2013. However, since they were married out-of-state their same-sex marriage is not recognized in Michigan.

They filed a lawsuit against Michigan and the Kent County Clerk in an effort to fast track their marriage to legal status.

The couple claims in the lawsuit that if their marriage isn’t recognized in Michigan now it could keep Merucci from making important medical decisions, seeing Morgan in the hospital, and receiving benefits.

The lawsuit was asking for the couple’s marriage to be recognized like the other 300 same-sex couples who were married in Michigan within a brief window in March 2014. However, Gov. Snyder argued that their situation was different since they weren’t actually married in Michigan.

A federal judge also denied their request.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether states can deny marriage licenses to gay couples and if they can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states starting on Monday. A decision isn’t expected until June.

24 Hour News 8 will be inside the Supreme Court beginning next week to hear those arguments firsthand and will provide coverage for 6 News.

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