Gay marriage in Michigan in limbo
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:30:48 GMT —
Hurry and wait. Thatâ??s how Rev. Dr. Claudene Oliva has spent the past couple of days.
â??We got to be down there 7 o'clock Monday morning...okay not Monday morning,â?? says Oliva, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint. â??This has been an emotional rollercoaster for all of us."
Oliva is on stand-by, ready to marry gay couples but also waiting for her union to be recognized in Michigan.
â??I want my partner Karen to be able to come visit me in the hospital when Iâ??m ill,â?? says Oliva. â??I want many things that married couples just take for granted."
But that won't come easy, Attorney General Bill Schuette is fighting the federal judge's ruling.
â??I took an oath to preserve and protect and defend the constitution and 2.7 million people voted for the marriage clause,â?? says Schuette.
Meantime, 300 couples are waiting on yet another court decision to find out if their marriages are legal.
â??I think we'll have to wait for the Supreme Court to rule a year or so down the line,â?? says Paul Rozycki, a political science professor at Mott Community College. â??It's going to happen but it will be a clumsy road.â??
â??People say it's just a piece of paper but once it happens, internally you feel differently,â?? says Oliva.