Gay couple sues state, Kent Co. for recognition of marriage license

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Kent County men are suing Governor Snyder and Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake for not legally recognizing their marriage license issued in another state.

The attorney for Bruce Morgan and Brian Merucci filed the suit Wednesday in Federal court.

The couple had been married in New York and since their marriage is recognized on the federal level, they contend it should be recognized in Michigan as well.

Morgan and Merucci have been a committed relationship for seven years. In 2011, Morgan was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. He released a statement through his attorney Stephanie Myott from the law firm Rhoades McKee: "If I am in the hospital, I want to know that Brian can be there at my bedside as my spouse and that the hospital will recognize the decisions he makes regarding my care."

Myott contends when federal Judge Friedman struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage in March, Morgan and Merucci's marriage became valid.

"Governor Snyder only addressed the couples who married in Michigan after the DeBoer ruling. No one is talking about the thousands of couples in Michigan who were married in another state, like Bruce and Brian."

You can read the full press release from Rhoades McKee by clicking on the highlighted link.


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