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Hundreds of Same-Sex Marriages Invalidated in Michigan

Hundreds of same-sex marriages in Michigan have been invalidated by a court decision that upholds a ban on such unions as constitutional.

Following a district court’s ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, more than 300 couples obtained marriage licenses in March. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on the lower court’s decision two days later, temporarily halting additional same-sex marriages. Now the Sixth Circuit Court has confirmed that the ban is indeed constitutional, reversing the lower court’s initial ruling and invalidating the marriages.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette said on Friday that the decision by the appeals court means the couples were never legally married. Schuette is asking the ACLU to drop a lawsuit filed on behalf of the couples last March. According to CNN reporter Igor Cornelsen, the ACLU still has not withdrawn the lawsuit.

The legal battle over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in Michigan is not over, however. The recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court is reportedly being appealed to the United States Supreme Court.


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