Eric Holder: Federal Government Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan

  • creature

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    Mar 28, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    Despite Republican Governor Rick Snyder's refusal to recognize the approximate 300 marriages, Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government will recognize those marriages.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/28/eric-holder-michigan-gay-marriage_n_5049251.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

    Nice to see the federal government stepping up to the plate when a state refuses to do so.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 29, 2014 2:12 PM GMT
    Gov. Rick Snyder has more important things to worry about like restoring the fiscal health to most of Michigan's seriously troubled cities especially Detroit and Flint. Just because he won't recognize gay marriages doesn't mean that he is a lousy politician. He is probably the best governor that Michigan has had in a long time. His tough fiscal policies has saved Michigan from financial ruin. New York definitely needs a new governor that is exactly like Rick Snyder who would clean up the horrendous mess in the Albany statehouse.
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    Mar 29, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Gov. Rick Snyder has more important things to worry about...

    Then why did Synder get involved at all in blocking Michigan recognition of the same-sex marriages already performed? Why didn't he simply do nothing about them, instead of making statements and press releases, and sending directives to State agencies on this matter, if he "has more important things to worry about"? Don't you have things turned around here?

    Rather, it seems that preventing gay marriage is exactly what Snyder worries about, per his past record on the issue. His quick actions and statements (one might almost say "knee-jerk" reaction) to make those marriages meaningless under Michigan law give a good picture of his top priorities.

    He may indeed have "more important things to worry about" but evidently nothing was more important to him than jumping on this within hours of the court's decision.
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    Mar 29, 2014 3:40 PM GMT
    He really should have just let them stay as is. I think it was a mistake on his part to get involved. Just let the courts sort it out, which is what's going to happen anyway. He has plenty to keep him busy and I think he's done a real good job in the other areas. Wayne County needs his full time attention so just let this other extraneous stuff go.
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    Mar 29, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    Snyder knows what his base really cares about.
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    Mar 29, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    roadbikeRob said
    Gov. Rick Snyder has more important things to worry about...

    Then why did Synder get involved at all in blocking Michigan recognition of the same-sex marriages already performed? Why didn't he simply do nothing about them, instead of making statements and press releases, and sending directives to State agencies on this matter, if he "has more important things to worry about"? Don't you have things turned around here?

    Rather, it seems that preventing gay marriage is exactly what Snyder worries about, per his past record on the issue. His quick actions and statements (one might almost say "knee-jerk" reaction) to make those marriages meaningless under Michigan law give a good picture of his top priorities.

    He may indeed have "more important things to worry about" but evidently nothing was more important to him than jumping on this within hours of the court's decision.


    Thank you! If he has more important things to worry about, then why bother. It's one thing if same-sex marriage is put on hold, therefore no new ones can be conducted.

    But to say that the ones LEGALLY performed will not be recognized is not an example of Rick Snyder having more important things to worry about.

    He could simply recognize those approximately 300 marriages until the future is decided in the court's about his administration's push to ban marriage equality.
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    Mar 29, 2014 5:21 PM GMT
    creature said
    He could simply recognize those approximately 300 marriages until the future is decided in the court's about his administration's push to ban marriage equality.

    Actually he didn't have to do ANYTHING to "recognize" those marriages. Just sit back and do NOTHING. They WERE recognized, and legal, by virtue of them being official marriages. Is the Governor's involvement required to "recognize" every legal marriage that takes place in Michigan every day? He'd be a very busy guy!

    What Republican Governor Synder did do was go out of his way, and distract himself from the "more important things [he has] to worry about", in order to direct various Michigan agencies to disregard these same-sex marriages.

    On what authority he used I have no idea, because his action itself may now be subject to legal challenge, at more cost to Michigan taxpayers. But I'm sure it will play well to the Republican base, and Fox News listeners, which is what this is really all about.
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    Mar 29, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    creature said
    He could simply recognize those approximately 300 marriages until the future is decided in the court's about his administration's push to ban marriage equality.

    Actually he didn't have to do ANYTHING to "recognize" those marriages. Just sit back and do NOTHING. They WERE recognized, and legal, by virtue of them being official marriages. Is the Governor's involvement required to "recognize" every legal marriage that takes place in Michigan every day? He'd be a very busy guy!

    What Republican Governor Synder did do was go out of his way, and distract himself from the "more important things [he has] to worry about", in order to direct various Michigan agencies to disregard these same-sex marriages.

    On what authority he used I have no idea, because his action itself may now be subject to legal challenge, at more cost to Michigan taxpayers. But I'm sure it will play well to the Republican base, and Fox News listeners, which is what this is really all about.


    You're right, my mistake.