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Sunday March 23, 2014

Michigan Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage

Michigan Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage

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Michigan’s first same-sex wedding was celebrated Saturday in Michigan after a federal judge ruled unconstitutional the ban on gay couples marrying and adopting children in that state.

The daily Detroit Free Press said in its online edition that Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, received their marriage license and were subsequently wed at Ingham County Courthouse shortly after 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

This was the first marriage license issued by County Clerk Barb Byrum after the office opened for applications, following the “historic decision” last Friday in which federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled unconstitutional the ban on gay marriage in the state, a ban voters approved by a landslide in 2004.

Long hoped-for by the U.S. gay community, the decision made it possible for at least four Michigan counties to issue marriage licenses from the early hours of the morning, the online newspaper said.

Soon after the federal judge’s decision, the state’s Attorney General Bill Schuette appealed the ruling and asked for its temporary suspension, a request that for now, however, will not stop the state’s same-sex couples from marrying.

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