Appeals Court Halts Gay Marriages in Michigan

A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban, The Associated Press reported. The news comes after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan's 2004 same-sex marriage ban on Friday, ruling it unconstitutional. The Cincinnati court's order Saturday brings a halt to same-sex weddings in Michigan, at least through Wednesday. Dozens of couples got hitched earlier Saturday in at least four Michigan counties. “Monday could be a completely different world in Michigan,” said Republican political strategist Greg McNeilly, who married his partner of more than 12 years, Doug Meeks, in Ingham County on Saturday morning. But on Saturday morning, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum pressed ahead with issuing licenses immediately. “People have waited long enough,” Byrum tweeted. “I was sick with myself with the idea of waiting until Monday.” Nearly 60 percent of state voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as between a man and a woman.

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