A marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This State and its political subdivisions shall not create a legal status, right, or claim respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. This State and its political subdivisions shall not recognize or give effect to a legal status, right, or claim created by another jurisdiction respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. Nothing in this section shall impair any right or benefit extended by the State or its political subdivisions other than a right or benefit arising from a domestic union that is not valid or recognized in this State. This section shall not prohibit or limit parties, other than the State or its political subdivisions, from entering into contracts or other legal instruments.
1A ruling requiring the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, but not in-state licensing, is on hold pending review by the Sixth Circuit. 2323 marriages entered into in Michigan on March 22, 2014 due to the ruling in DeBoer v. Snyder are recognized for federal purposes. 3A narrow ruling allows for recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages on death certficates. This is under appeal to the Sixth Circuit. 4Three couples are recognized as married per the decision in Tanco v. Haslam. The state is appealing the decision to the Sixth Circuit.
5Marriages entered into in Utah between December 20, 2013 and January 6, 2014 due to the ruling in Kitchen v. Herbert are recognized for federal purposes but not by the state itself, except for the purpose of filing joint returns for state income taxes.