Same-Sex Couples Rush To Ingham County To Marry

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

MASON (WILX)-- More than a dozen same-sex couples rushed to the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason Saturday to make history.

For the first time since Michigan's ban on gay marriage was overturned Friday, same-sex couples had the chance to legally marry in the state.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum decided early Saturday morning to open up her office. She tweeted:

"People have waited long enough. I was sick with myself with the idea of waiting until Monday."

The morning ending up being full of "I' do's," kisses, and support.

"It's surreal hearing those words and knowing they are talking about us," said Beth Bergh. Bergh and her partner of thirteen years, Dani Gimm, were one of the couples to get married.

"I can't believe it. When she said, do you take her for your lawfully wedding wife, I got to say I'do!" said Samantha Wolf, who was legally married to her wife Marnee Rutledge on Saturday.

The very first same-sex marriage ended up being in Ingham County. Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong were legally married at 8 am, Saturday.

"I couldn't believe it was actually happening. It hasn't hit me yet. 27 years, wow," said Caspar.

Michigan General Attorney Bill Schuette has requested the courts stay their decision, making it void until it goes to the supreme court.
The courts have responded so far by saying they want to hear from the winning side by noon, Tuesday.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum believes the courts will uphold their ruling and deny the request for the stay.
She will continue to perform ceremonies until a decision is made.

"Equality will prevail. Love conquers hate. This is not going away," said Byrum.


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