Same sex couples celebrate state's announcement to recognize 2014 marriages

The fight to allow same sex marriage in Michigan is already heading to the nation's highest court.

But tonight, Gov. Rick Snyder says, the state will recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that already took place in Michigan, last year.

For a year, couples like Nina Guglielmetti and Janice Decormier have watched the legal twists and turns, not knowing if their marriage will ever be considered legal. But after Wednesday's announcement, the Ferndale couple was thrilled to learn they will be treated like any other married couple. 

Guglielmetti and Decormier will never forget March 22, 2014 -  the day they got legally married at the Oakland County courthouse.

"Everyone was so thankful they could be there," Guglielmetti said.

 "It was a party at the court house," Decormier said. 

"Everyone was giving high-fives and hugs," Guglielmetti said. 

Last month, a judge determined the 300 same sex couples were legally married that day. And Wednesday in a surprise announcement Snyder said he would not appeal the ruling..

"We are like anyone else now," Decormier said. "We are married no matter where we can go, what we do. We can adopt together. We have each other's benefits, everything."

"It's great that we are following suit," Guglielmetti said. "But let's get the show on the road and get everyone going."

Same sex couples will get their day in court in April. The U.S. Supreme Court will determine if the bans against gay marriage violate the equal protection clause and decide once and for all whether same sex couples have the right to marry.

Jon Fitzgerald of Affirmations - the director of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center in Ferndale, believes the governor's decision not to appeal is a big step in the right direction.

"It's about time right," he said. "And so it's really important that he's finally recognizing that love is love and it is going to be win and that's the way it's going to happen."

"I can't understand why they can't understand to be honest with you," Decormier said.

"If people meet us and know who were are and how much we love each other," Guglielmetti said. "And just how happy we are to be with each other and spend time with each other's family,  people would be more understanding of it."

Decormier and Guglielmetti who have been together for six years, always planned to marry with a big celebration.

Last September they made it official with their family and friends by their sides.

They were always confident in their love in spite of the court battles that contested their bond - which makes this day even more special,  knowing no one else will.

"We hope that all of our friends and people we love, have the same opportunity as us," Guglielmetti said.

"I am very hopeful," Decormier added. "I think they are going to do the right thing. We can only go up."

In April the Supreme Court will hear the equal marriage case of Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, the couple that started the legal movement in Michigan. A final ruling is expected in June. 

Due to Wednesday's statement, the legality of those 300-plus marriages would not be affected even if the Supreme Court decided to uphold the ban.
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