Michigan issued its first gay marriage license to a couple in Ingham County on Saturday, just a day after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down. However, by late Saturday the U. The stay means officials will not be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples before Wednesday at the earliest. Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, both of Lansing, were married in the lobby after the clerk's office opened at 8 a.
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The two grooms wore matching black suits, one in a tie, one in a bowtie, and walked up the aisle holding hands to the jazz chords of Nat King Cole's L. When they tearfully exchanged rings to the pointedly-chosen Frank Sinatra's Love and Marriage go together like a horse and carriage, the crowd reached for the handkerchiefs. Among those applauding was Autin's mother, who hadattended demonstrations with a placard round her neck reading: "Proud to have a gay son". Moments before the grooms arrived, four or five anti gay-marriage demonstrators had tried to enter the town-hall grounds from the back, letting off a gas cannister and fire-crackers. Police frisked and searched everyone arriving at the ceremony after an anonymous phone-call to the town hall making threats. In his wedding speech, Autin referred to Martin Luther King. It had been billed as the French "wedding of the century" in a southern city which calls itself France's most gay-friendly place.
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The path to the Supreme Court has been marked by many same-sex marriage victories and few defeats. Nelson , a Minnesota case filed by a gay couple seeking to marry, "for want of a substantial federal question. May 5, Hawaii Supreme Court rules that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the state Constitution. July 1, Civil unions for same-sex couples become legal in Vermont. Department of Public Health.
About Follow Donate. In , the U. Supreme Court ruled all state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry nationwide.