Court ruling leaves same-sex couples searching for answers
Court battles in Michigan over same-sex marriages have left gay couples with more questions than answers.
Due to recent developments in the gay marriage debate it's not yet clear if Jeremy Evans and his husband Rob Stow from Traverse City will have the same benefits as married heterosexual couples in Michigan.
â??It's just particularly difficult for same-sex couples with the changing nature of the law,â?? said attorney James Saffell.
As the gay marriage debate continues Evans and Stow are left wondering if they will be able to start a family in Michigan. The couple was married in Connecticut in 2009.
â??Because of the lack of legality we wanted to make sure that both of our names were on everything and we wanted to start a family,â?? said Evans.
The men are raising three foster children together. Under current Michigan law they are not able to jointly adopt, but the couple won't let anything get in the way of achieving their dreams.
â??If they made it so difficult that we couldn't have a family we'd have to go.â??
Michigan voters approved to amend the constitution in 2004, banning gay marriage in the state.
â??It was very sad that people voted for something that was so discriminatory and not right.â??
Although the future in the gay marriage debate is unclear, Saffell offers advice for same-sex couples.
â??If a couple is wanting to organize their financial affairs if they split up, if one of them dies a whole number of issues arise that leaves them really unprotected under the law,â?? said Saffell.
â??To not have that kind of protection if we were sick if God forbid something happened that would be awful that Rob wouldn't be my next of kin and wouldn't be able to make decisions for me, and I for him, it's infuriating. It's not right,â?? said Evans.
This most recent stay, announced on Tuesday, is likely to be in place for several months until the federal appeals court makes a final ruling.