michigan-gay-marriage-same-sex-marriageMichigan’s governor has refused to recognize the gay marriage licenses issued after a judge declared the state’s ban on same-sex unions unconstitutional. Gov. Rick Snyder stated that the approximately 300 gay marriages performed last weekend after the decision but before the stay on the decision will not be legally recognized. Snyder made the announcement Wednesday after an appeals court put a stay on the implementation of the recent ruling by federal Judge Bernard Friedman of Detroit. “Snyder’s announcement Wednesday closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples,” reported the Associated Press. “Snyder says the marriages were legal at the time but the stay means the ban now is back in effect … It will take months for the appeals court to affirm or reject Friedman’s opinion.” In 2004, several states including Michigan passed constitutional bans on same-sex marriage by popular referendum. More