First Gay Marriage in Michigan Performed in Ingham County

By: AP & News 10
By: AP & News 10
Same-sex couple from Lansing first to be married following judge

Photo courtesy of Michigan Pride

MASON, Mich. (AP) -- A county clerk in central Michigan has issued the state's first marriage license for a same-sex-couple.

The license was issued in Ingham County on Saturday morning, a day after Michigan's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.

Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar of Lansing, who have been together for 26 years, were the first to be married around 8am Saturday by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum.

Regarding the decision to change plans and issue licenses in Ingham County today as opposed to waiting until Monday, Byrum tweeted WILX saying: "People have waited long enough. I was sick with myself with the idea of waiting until Monday.”

Clerks in at least four of Michigan's 83 counties said they would start granting them to gays and lesbians as early as Saturday and couples lined up.

The offices had special hours to accommodate the couples.

Attorney General Bill Schuette asked a higher court Friday to freeze the landmark ruling while an appeal is pursued.

It was not known when the federal appeals court in Cincinnati would respond.

The ban was approved by voters by a landslide in 2004.


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