- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he respects a federal appeals court’s decision to uphold the gay marriage ban in Michigan and three other states.

Snyder said Thursday that his obligation to “support and defend our state constitution” has no exceptions and “is not a matter of personal preference.”

Michigan voters banned gay marriage in 2004, but Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman declared the constitutional amendment illegal last March. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Freidman’s ruling Thursday in a 2-1 ruling.

Snyder, a Republican who keeps mostly silent on social issues, said in 2010 he supported marriage as “between a man and a woman.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette defended the ban in Friedman’s court. He supports the Supreme Court settling the issue - “for Michigan and the country.”

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