Gay Marriages Halted and Questions Answered

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- A lot of questions remain after hundreds of same-sex couples got married Saturday, only to find out those marriages have been temporarily halted.

A temporary hold has been issued as the Cincinnati 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reviews Attorney General Bill Schuette's appeal request.

Jean Baker and Jen Loforese, who were legally married in Ingham County Saturday, say knew the window to get married wouldn't last long.

"We were just waiting any moment for it. Just waiting for some big bell or some big alarm to go off and say bam! Done, no more," said Baker.

No more same-sex couples will be allowed to get married until at least Wednesday, when the court will reveal if they accept the appeal or not.

The state is recognizing the licenses given to couples married on Saturday according to legal expert Emily Horvath. But couples and their families are still confused about what benefits the state will allow the newly weds.

"It's confusing as far as rights. For example, can I go to work on Monday and put her on my health insurance?" said Baker.

" For family they ask why did we rush instantly to get married and now they are hearing that we're not married. They are wondering what's going on." said Joe Bissell, who was married to his partner of 13 years, Justin Maynard on Saturday.

Benefits like fileing joint taxes, and getting the same insurance will likely be halted with the stay says Horvath. But couples are encouraged to try, as there is no official statement banning them from those rights as long as they have the legal documentation.

"Just be aware you might not see the benefits of the marriage until the case is finally and ultimately decided," said Horvath.

It is possible the Cincinnati Circuit Court of Appeals could re-instate Michigan's ban on same sex marriage, only then would the marriages on Saturday be considered invalid.

No matter the outcome, after Wednesday the losing side will likely appeal and the process will last months or even years. Eventually the case will likely end up going to the Supreme Court.


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