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Marriages Immediately Begin in Michigan

This morning, Michigan’s clerks opened courthouses across the state to gay and lesbian couples, just one day after a federal judge overturned the state’s marriage equality ban.

The first license was issued at 8 a.m. to Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar, who have been together for 27 years.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency stay following yesterday’s decision, but the federal appeals court has yet to respond to the request.

Ten years after Michigan voters passed the marriage ban, an overwhelming 59 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. Currently, 17 states plus the District of Columbia have marriage equality on the books. Michigan could soon become the 18th.

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