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Federal Government Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of roughly 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those marriages on hold.

The Attorney General’s action on Friday enables the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the couples. This news comes two days after Governor Rick Snyder said Michigan won’t recognize the marriages performed last weekend even though they were performed legally at the time.

Four counties across Michigan granted licenses before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a temporary halt. The stay was extended indefinitely on Tuesday.

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