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Saturday, March 22,2014

A day of marriage

Ingham County clerk issued 57 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, but she won’t be able to issue any more until at least Wednesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Saturday, March 22 — Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum issued marriage licenses to 57 same-sex couples today, hours before a federal appeals court put a halt to her ability to do so.

Indeed, same-sex couples in Michigan had less than a 24-hour window to legally marry here after federal District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on Friday.

While Friedman did not stay the decision pending appeal, the Associated Press reported late this afternoon that a federal appeals court granted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for an emergency stay. The AP says the ability for same-sex couples to get married will be on hold until at least Wednesday.

The Detroit Free Press reports that licenses issued today may fall into a “ form of legal limbo” if the state refuses to recognize them.

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