Mar 22, 2014 9:45 AM by Jeff Langan

Michigan's first gay marriage license issued

MASON, Mich. (AP) - A county clerk in central Michigan has issued the state's first marriage license for a same-sex-couple.

The license was issued in Ingham County on Saturday morning, a day after Michigan's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.

Clerks in at least three of Michigan's 83 counties said they would start granting them to gays and lesbians as early as Saturday and couples lined up. The offices had special hours to accommodate the couples.

Attorney General Bill Schuette asked a higher court Friday to freeze the landmark ruling while an appeal is pursued.

It was not known when the federal appeals court in Cincinnati would respond.

The ban was approved by voters by a landslide in 2004.


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