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Petition urges government to drop same-sex marriage appeal

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A petition with thousands of signatures is set to be delivered Tuesday to Governor Rick Snyder.

Backed by Equality Michigan, the petition urges the governor and Attorney General Bill Schuette to drop their appeal in Michigan's same-sex marriage case.

On Saturday, a federal appeals court put a stay on a ruling that struck down Michigan's voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

Right now the appeals court is awaiting a response to the state's emergency stay from the original couple who got the law overturned. They must respond Tuesday.

Governor Snyder and Schuette have both said the state will not recognize Saturday's weddings. Those who got married are now waiting to see what the appeals court will say.

The issue has divided lawmakers. Some are urging Governor Snyder to drop the appeal, others say the people of Michigan need to have a say.

A News conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the capital in Lansing.   Members of Equality Michigan, along with lawmakers will be there.

They will be asking the governor and attorney general to drop the appeal of the same sex marriage case  and to declare that the weddings performed on Saturday are legal. The group will present a petition with more than 10,000 signatures on it urging the governor to drop the appeal.

Newschannel 3 will sit down with Schuette in a one-on-one interview regarding same-sex marriage in Michigan.

Look for live reports beginning on Newschannel 3 live at 5.