Attorney General Eric Holder says federal government will recognize Michigan same sex marriages

(WXYZ) - Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement Friday morning recognizing Michigan's same sex marriage by the federal government.

Holder says Michigan same sex couples will be eligible to receive federal benefits despite the legal limbo they find themselves in with the state.

“I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.  These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," said Holder.

Wednesday Governor Snyder said Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend after a judge overturned the states 2004 ban on gay marriage.

"The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings," said Holder.

He continued, "For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled."


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