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Photos And Video! First Same-Sex Couples Marrying In Michigan!

by David Badash on March 22, 2014

in Marriage,News

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Hundreds Line Up Across The State — ‘It’s Crazy Out Here’

Thanks to several committed county clerks taking initiative, same-sex couples have just started to marry in Michigan, one day after a federal judge struck down that state’s ban. Across the state, in Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County), Muskegon (Muskegon County), Pontiac (Oakland County), Mason (Ingham County), same-sex couples and their families and friends have been lined up for hours and began marrying early this morning.

WATCH: Here’s The Moment Two Michigan Moms Learn Their Case Just Won Them The Right To Marry

Barb Byrum, the Ingham county clerk, opened her offices at 8 AM and on Twitter wrote, “People have waited long enough. I was sick with myself with the idea of waiting until Monday.”

County clerks’ offices are generally not open on Saturdays. The clerks have been waiving the three-day waiting period, and some have been waiving the $20 marriage license fee.

The Michigan Attorney General earlier in the week had issued a warning to clerks to not issue licenses to same-sex couples if judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s ban.

Byrum took issue with that:

Austen Smith, Editor for the Saline Reporter and Milan News-Leader, posted this tweet, and the video, below:

READ: Federal Judge’s Ruling Striking Down Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban

And here are photos of the first same-sex couples to marry in Michigan, and of the lines and over-flowing waiting rooms.

Congratulations to Michigan, the 18th state to embrace marriage equality.

Image, top, by Steve Friess via Twitter

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LOrion March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

SO VERY FINE Congrats to All! Sharing! BUT NOTE GOOGLE + says it's an invalid link. I suppose because of all pics!

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