Justice Department recognizes 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan

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Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – The Justice Department recognized on Friday 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan with Attorney General Eric Holder saying the couples are entitled to all federal benefits that other married couples receive.

The 300 marriages were performed on Saturday before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stopped further same-sex marriages pending a full review of the issue. The marriages were performed a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

“These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said of the same-sex coupls in a statement, according to Detroit Free Press.

He added that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder deemed the marriages lawful and valid when entered into so married couples will have the same standing regarding federal income and estate tax benefits, as well as any other federal rights, afforded other married couples.

Holder’s ruling came after Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum sent a letter to the attorney general asking for recognition of 57 marriage licenses issue on Saturday and married 54 of those people, also the federal recognition.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) also asked Holder to recognize the Michigan marriages.

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