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Pictures Of The First Same-Sex Couples To Get Married In Michigan

After District Court Judge Bernard Friedman found Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriage unconstitutional on March 21, dozens of couples flocked to local Courthouses to get married. Update — March 22, 5:20 p.m. ET: A federal appeals court put weddings on hold while it reviews the state’s request to stop same-sex marriages.

2. On March 21, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman found that Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriage is unconstitutional.


Four counties announced some marriage licenses would be available the following day, beginning as early as 9 a.m.

4. Dozens of same-sex couples waited for marriage licenses in long lines in Ann Arbor and Oakland County.

Growing Crowd: More than two dozen same-sex couples standing by to get married. #gaymarriage

— Leon Hendrix (@LeonHendrix)

First couple doing the paperwork #gaymarriage

— Steve Friess (@SteveFriess)

8. The first couple to wed was Marsha Caspar, 51, and Glenna DeJong, 53, who have been together for 26 years.

AP Photo/Emma Fidel

Marsha Caspar, left, and Glenna DeJong. The couple were married in Mason by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in what was likely the state’s first gay wedding, as the office opened at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than others in the state.

Around 9 a.m., County Clerk offices opened in Muskegon, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties.

10. The County Clerk Barb Byrum tweeted pictures of some of the couples as they got licenses and officially wed.

Marsha & Glenna have been together for 26 years and are getting married RIGHT NOW!!

— BarbByrum (@BarbByrum)

11. Marsha and Glenna’s ceremony.

Marriage #equality comes to Michigan

— MI Democratic Party (@MichiganDems)

It's official: Marsha and Glenna are married!

— BarbByrum (@BarbByrum)

13. A reporter for The Detroit News reported that Byrum issued marriage licenses to 57 same-sex couples, and performed 30 ceremonies on Saturday, March 22.

Before @GregMcNeilly and Doug Meeks exchanged vows, a little kid yelled "don't of it!" It had everyone laughing.

— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood)

15. The couple in the photograph above, Greg McNeilly and Doug Meeks, also filmed their wedding vows.

16. Meeks and McNeilly, who is a Michigan Republican strategist, have been together for 12 years, The Detroit News reports.

Democrat @BarbByrum just married Republican @GregMcNeilly and his husband Doug Meeks at Ingham Co. courthouse.

— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood)

17. And lots of other families came to the courts to get legally married.

Happy happy, joy joy #MImarriageequality #MarriageEquality

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog)

19. Jim Schaffer (L) and his partner Jason McIntosh waited in line with their baby Norah to receive a marriage license at the Oakland County Courthouse.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

20. Frank Colasonti Jr (L) and James Barclay Ryder were married by County Clerk Lisa Brown in Pontiac, Michigan, after spending 26 years together.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters
Rebecca Cook / Reuters

Frank Colasonti Jr (L) and James Barclay Ryder

22. Mary Black (L) and her wife Sarah Weinstein were also married on Saturday by Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

Happy couples are getting married in Michigan after federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban via @SteveFriess

— Progressive States (@PSNwire)

24. Kristen Martin, right, and Renecia Hall were reportedly the first black same-sex couple to marry in West Michigan.

Kristen Martin (R) and Renecia Hall (L) - First black same-sex couple to marry in West Michigan. #gaymarriage

— Leon Hendrix (@LeonHendrix)

25. Newly married Roland Smith (L) and Paul Mattson kiss each other after their wedding ceremony Saturday.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

Group wedding ceremony at the Oakland County Courthouse. #MIMarriageEquality #MarriageEquality

— Anne C. Savage (@Anne_Savage)

Pedro and Antonio are among West Michigan's first gay couples to receive marriage licenses.

— Leon Hendrix (@LeonHendrix)

Ingham County clerk marrying a fifth same sex couple

— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood)

The first male couple in #annarbor

— Steve Friess (@SteveFriess)

30. Congratulations to the happy couples!

Another happily married couple in Mason! Love is love!

— BarbByrum (@BarbByrum)

32. Newly married Linda Morin (L) and Kathleen Murawski hold their wedding license with their daughter Katie.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

35. At 1:18 ET, Byrum tweeted that the courthouse was closed. Saturday afternoon, the Federal Appeals Court put a halt on same-sex marriage.

Everyone who is here have been served. We are locking the courthouse. Thank you all so much for your love & support!

— BarbByrum (@BarbByrum)

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