History was made here in Michigan in the last weeks of March 2014. A federal district judge held that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is an unconstitutional violation of same-sex couples’ right to equal protection. And less than 24 hours after the decision in the DeBoer case was released, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay, effectively putting the DeBoer decision on hold until the Court of Appeals can hear the Michigan Attorney General’s appeal.
But on March 22 -- before the stay was issued -- Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and her counterparts in Muskegon, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties issued marriage licenses to hundreds of same-sex couples. And here in Ingham County, Clerk Byrum performed marriages for 30 same-sex couples
I wrote this resolution to recognize Clerk Byrum’s service to Ingham County’s same-sex couples and to voice the Board of Commissioners’ collective (though not unanimous) disapproval of Governor Snyder’s and Attorney General Schuette’s continued commitment to discriminate against Michigan’s LGBT community.
Since the Board passed this resolution on March 25, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages performed in Michigan. This means that same-sex spouses will receive all of the federal benefits that their opposite-sex counterparts receive. Unfortunately, married same-sex couples will likely have to wait a while longer for their home state to do the same.
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Elect Kara Hope
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Holt MI 48842
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