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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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30. Congratulations to the happy couples!

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

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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.

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