Michigan Allowed Same-Sex Marriage for About Seven Hours Today

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Just a few minutes ago, a federal court stayed the order on yesterday's annulment of the marriage ban in Michigan by Judge Bernard Friedman. This means that same-sex marriage was legal for approximately seven hours today. 

Saturday’s ruling by the appeals court put the newly married couples into legal limbo at least until Wednesday and perhaps much longer, until it decides on the case. That is similar to what has happened in other states where lower-court judges struck down same-sex marriage bans.

Also, as in other states, same-sex couples that were married today may ultimately sue the state if there are denied the benefits and recognition of their marriages. 

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Just hours after a federal judge struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage ban, couples starting getting hitched across the state this morning. The reported first honors went to Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar from Lansing.

Following the court's decision, the same-sex marriages were not a foregone conclusion. Immediately after yesterday's ruling, the Michigan state attorney general asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for an emergency order to stay the decision. 

Clerks in at least four counties - Oakland, Washtenaw, Ingham and Muskegon - were expected to open their offices on Saturday, according to gay-rights group Michigan Equality, despite the state's attorney general filing an immediate appeal of the judge's decision.

By 9 a.m., the stay hadn't been ordered and the county clerks opened for business. Here were some scenes from elsewhere in the state.

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