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Reuters, Published March 28 2014

Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan

WASHINGTON - The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan while an appeal is pending in court, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday, guaranteeing the families relevant federal benefits.

Holder's statement came two days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said same-sex couples would not receive state benefits of marriage until the matter is settled in court.

The state is appealing a federal judge's ruling lifting a ban on gay nuptials.

Clerks in four Michigan counties issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and performed weddings on Saturday after a federal judge last week ruled the state's ban violated the U.S. Constitution.

"I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government," Holder said in a statement. "These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages."