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Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:07

March 29 - The government said on Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan, making the couples entitled to appropriate federal benefits. But an appeal is putting couples in limbo. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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The U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan, allowing couples to receive federal benefits, it was announced Friday. More than 300 couples were married last Saturday after Michigan lifted its ban on same-sex marriage. The state appealed the ruling and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the newly-weds would not receive state benefits until the matter is settled in court. The announcement, delivered by Attorney General Eric Holder, came as no surprise to him. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER SAYING: "It wasn't surprising, because of the situation in Utah and the position he took there. It does, again, create more complexity in the matter." Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who officiated at the first Michigan same-sex marriage, hopes the appeal will be dropped. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHIGAN INGHAM COUNTY CLERK BARB BYRUM SAYING: "I've been contacted by couples that want to adopt now, and they still are in limbo with that. And there's just not that security for the families still." Same-sex marriage is now recognized in 17 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:07