About 300 marriages took place in four Michigan counties where clerks chose to open their doors to accommodate couples.
What started as a petition by a lesbian couple from metro Detroit could end up changing the course of American history.
The former governor hit on themes of the economy, education and immigration but stayed away from issues around women’s reproductive rights or gay marriage.
“The judge has determined that same-sex couples were legally married on that day,” the governor said.
“You could have a situation where people are allowed to get married in a state but will lose their jobs if they were to come out publicly.”
The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.
“With over 35 states permitting same sex marriage, it strengthens the argument for the proponents…”
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled Thursday that the unions are valid.
Lawyers for same-sex couples in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee have been rushing to file legal papers in time for the January conference.
Michigan lawmakers have three weeks left in their lame-duck session to enact a potentially wide-ranging assortment of bills.