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ACLU asks judge to order Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)
Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.

DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to order Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.

A lawsuit was filed in April, but the case is moving slowly.

The state still has until June 5 to respond. So the ACLU’s Michigan branch took a different step Thursday by seeking a preliminary injunction.

It means federal Judge Mark Goldsmith could make a decision before the entire case is finished.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the state won’t recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were performed a day after a judge struck down Michigan’s gay-marriage ban. There have been no additional marriages while the case is being appealed.

Snyder says state recognition should wait until the appeals end. The federal government is recognizing the marriages.

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