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Federal Judge Rules Michigan Must Recognize 300 Same-Sex Marriages

Jan 15, 2015

Ruling takes effect in 21 days, unless a higher court overturns the decision.

A federal judge has ruled Michigan must recognize over 300 same-sex marriages that took place in March.

The ruling takes effect in 21 days unless a higher court overturns the decision. The local LGBT community and their allies are celebrating the ruling. Past President of the Jim Toy Community Center, Sandi Smith, says it's historic, but should have been obvious. Smith hopes the state won't appeal the decision, stating that while the state is "still fighting, I would say the true fight is out of them." Smith also thinks that "writing's on the wall" as to the legal climate surrounding marriage equality.

In a statement, Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, says his office is reviewing the ruling.

Same-sex couples could get more good news tomorrow. The Supreme Court may announce their decision to hear the case that briefly made same-sex marriages legal in Michigan.

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