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Legal expert talks Michigan same sex marriage case


DETROIT (WKZO) -- Same sex couples around Michigan are waiting to find out if they will be allowed the right to marry, now that a federal court has to consider a stay that was issued on last Friday's ruling that struck down the state's ban on such marriages. Cooley constitutional law professor Dan Ray says that the first issue that has to get resolved in the Michigan case is that stay. Then, he says a court will consider Michigan's appeal of the ruling from last week, which could take months. Ray's in agreement with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in that the matter will eventually be settled by the US Supreme court.

"This issue certainly is going to have to be resolved by the United States Supreme Court," Ray told WKZO. "Whether it will be through the Michigan case is another matter. There are several same sex marriage cases that are pending around the country, and some of them are a little bit farther down the pipeline."

So, Ray thinks it's more likely that the same sex marriage issue will be answered once and for all due to another state's case. The same sex couples in Michigan who did get married during the few hours on Saturday before the stay was issued on Friday's ruling are still waiting to hear if their unions will be recognized.