Michigan’s gay marriage ban is back in place today, as last Friday’s ruling that declared the state’s legislation unconstitutional has been indefinitely suspended by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
This will be unwelcome news to the three hundred gay couples that got married on Saturday (23rd) who now face an indefinite period of legal limbo, as happened in Utah in January during a similar legal wrangle when the Supreme Court stepped in.
Attorneys for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, the couple whose court case originally overturned the gay marriage ban, wrote:
“There are times when maintaining the status quo makes sense. There are also times when maintaining the status quo is merely a kinder label for perpetuating discrimination that should no longer be tolerated. The public interest in this case lies on the side of ending discrimination, promoting equality and human dignity and providing security for children.”
Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette wrote:
“None of the plaintiffs’ arguments overcome a simple fact: the Supreme Court has already addressed precisely this situation—a federal district court striking down a state marriage amendment—and concluded that a stay pending appeal was necessary.”
Again, the situation “already addressed” is the case in Utah.
Things don’t look especially hopeful for gay couples in Michigan. Schuette continues:
“There can be little doubt that the court tasked with ensuring uniformity in federal law across the Nation will reach the same conclusion regarding the invalidation of Michigan’s Marriage Amendment.”
A lot has changed since last Friday, and new developments are expected to continue over the next few days.
They say a week is a long time in politics, but when it comes to gay marriage legislation, you’re in for an even bumpier ride.