Michigan Won't Yet Recognize Those Seven-Hour Window Same-Sex Marriages

The 300 couples that married in Michigan's seven-hour window may not be recognized by the state.

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The few lucky couples who were able to get married in the seven-hour window between a federal court judge's ruling that Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional and a federal appeals court staying his decision will not have those marriage recognized by state agencies -- at least for now.

Governor Rick Snyder's spokeswoman told the AP that his office won't make a decision until the stay on the federal judge's order is resolved, and that the issue was "moot" until then.

"The governor and administration are not weighing in on these issues at this point," she said.

That means that the approximately 300 same-sex couples that married yesterday will not yet be entitled to the same in-state benefits opposite-sex couples enjoy.

Snyder's decision could go either way. While California and New Mexico decided to allow state benefits for same-sex couples that were married in their temporary windows, Utah has notThey will receive federal benefits.

Update, 8:43 p.m.: The Detroit Free Press has more on this. One couple that managed to get married in time say they have no idea what's going on with their marriage right now. They've already filed a joint tax return (an hour before the stay was issued). At some point between now and Wednesday, the federal court will decide whether or not to make the stay permanent, and then the governor will have to decide what do.

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