The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the state of Michigan has filed asking a judge to recognise marriages performed before an injunction was issued.
Not long after a judge declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in March, an appeals court issued a stay against the ruling.
However, clerks in Michigan were then told to cease issuing marriage licenses to hundreds of same-sex couples after a motion of stay once more temporarily reinstated the ban.
But in responding to the ACLU’s request, federal judge Mark Goldsmith could rule before the slow-moving case is finished.
The state argues that a 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage defines marriage as between one man and one woman.