Genesee County ready to allow same-sex marriages
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:28:41 GMT —
Several mid-Michigan county clerks going toe-to-toe with Michiganâ??s attorney general. Some clerks say they're ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses but Bill Schuette says not in Michigan.
The Genesee County Clerk is ready to put his pen to paper.
â??When the judge says let the marriages begin, we will start marrying people,â?? says John Gleason.
Thatâ??s a moment Dale Weighill is hoping for.
â??As a gay man, I want every option that non-gay people have in this country,â?? says Weighill.
Itâ??s an ongoing battle in federal court. Gleason says it's about time Michigan fall in line with the rest of the country.
â??Bigotry and hatred have no place in my office,â?? says Gleason.
But Gleasonâ??s new battle is with state attorney general Bill Schuette.
In a letter to county clerks, Schuette forbidding clerks from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
â??I think Bill Schuette will be on the wrong side of history,â?? says Weighill.
But a spokesperson with Schuette's office says they're just upholding Michigan law.
â??I respect the attorney general's responsibility but I don't believe an attorney general should step over a federal judge,â?? says Gleason.
While Michiganders wait for a federal decision, Gleason is preparing his office and Weighill hoping he and his partner will have options.
â??Iâ??m anxious on the decision but I can't say Iâ??ll be surprised if it goes in the direction of equality,â?? says Weighill.
The Bay County clerk also says sheâ??s ready to issue same-sex licenses if the federal court overturns Michiganâ??s ban on same-sex marriage.