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Schuette on gay marriage: The U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) -

On his continuing tour to announce his re-election as Michigan's Attorney General, Bill Schuette stopped to answer a few questions about the hottest topic of the day; gay marriage.

Some same-sex couples in Michigan who wed this weekend after the state's ban on gay marriage was overturned are now encountering roadblocks to some legal documents.

Couples who got married after obtaining licenses issued Saturday say they are being turned away when trying to have their names changed on driver's licenses because the state is appealing Friday's historic ruling.  Schuette filed the appeal.

On Monday he explained his reasons.  Play the video to hear Fox 2's Amy Lange as Schuette why he asked for stay to the lifting of the gay ban.  Schuette answers other reporters questions in the impromptu press conference on the topic.

During the interview Schuette said it's his job to defend the constitution.

Lange asked: Which constitution are you defending, the U.S. or Michigan's?"

Schuette: "2.7 million citizens voted for this law and I think the vote should be respected, but as this is our system the final word will be made by the Supreme Court."

About the appeal and stay, placing the ban on hold:

Schuette: "What's happening in Michigan is line with what is happening all over the country."

He referenced Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who also placed a stay on Utah's recent ruling to allow gay marriages. 

Hear the complete interview with Schuette by playing the video in the player.

The Associated Press reports that Michigan has spent about $40,000 so far on experts whose testimony at a trial over gay marriage was panned as a "fringe viewpoint" by the judge. The attorney general's office went outside the state, and even to Canada, to find conservative social scientists and economists who could defend Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

Schuette, a Republican, is seeking a second term as the state's lawyer.

 

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