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Gov. Snyder says Michigan will not recognize same-sex marriages

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(03/26/14) - Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the 300 same-sex marriages performed over the weekend will not be recognized by the state.

The Governor says those marriages were legal at the time, but those same-sex couples married on Saturday will not be getting the benefits that other married couples receive.

It's a big disappointment to Mid-Michigan couples hoping to tie the knot soon.

On Friday, a federal judge ruled gay and lesbian couples could be married, lifting the 2004 ban. Three hundred same-sex couples were married on Saturday.

"As each couple came through with their license in hand the whole crowd cheered," said Annette Loubert, who married her partner in Oakland Co. that day.

Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an appeal that same day, putting everything on hold.

Now, Gov. Snyder is saying the state won't recognize those unions.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason held a press conference earlier Wednesday afternoon. Before the freeze, he was ready to marry same-sex couples Monday morning.

He says that's still their intention, and they plan to work long hours if that day comes.

"I'm going to continue to uphold the law. Whatever we have to do to offer full citizenship to Genesee County residents, we're going to do that. If the time comes that we must ask our staff to work extended hours, we intend to do that," he said.

Deborah conrad is a pastor at Woodside Church in Flint. She too hopes to help same sex couples tie the knot.

"It would be terrific, I've married gay couples before but not with benefit of a marriage license so it would be a whole new thing," she said. "I look forward to that."

The appeals court is reviewing the federal judge's ruling last week that struck down the 2004 constitutional amendment that says marriage is only allowed between a man and a woman in Michigan.

It could be months before we hear a decision.

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