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.

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Couples take numbers to get married in #annarbor. #gaymarriage

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Couples take numbers to get married in #annarbor. #gaymarriage

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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.

LONG line of happy people waiting to get marriage licenses in Oakland Cty #MImarriageequality #MarriageEquality

Chris Savage@Eclectablog

LONG line of happy people waiting to get marriage licenses in Oakland Cty #MImarriageequality #MarriageEquality

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

Dashing newlyweds in Oakland Cty, MI waiting for @LisaBrown39 to sign their wedding license #MIMarriageEquality

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Dashing newlyweds in Oakland Cty, MI waiting for @LisaBrown39 to sign their wedding license #MIMarriageEquality

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

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

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First couple doing the paperwork #gaymarriage

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First couple doing the paperwork #gaymarriage

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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.

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

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

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Marsha and Glenna's ceremony.

It's official: Marsha and Glenna are married!

BarbByrum@BarbByrum

It's official: Marsha and Glenna are married!

08:16 AM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Happy happy, joy joy #MImarriageequality #MarriageEquality

Chris Savage@Eclectablog

Happy happy, joy joy #MImarriageequality #MarriageEquality

11:40 AM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Progressive States@PSNwire

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

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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

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

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

Anne C. Savage@Anne_Savage

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

01:03 PM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Leon Hendrix@LeonHendrix

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

11:13 AM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ingham County clerk marrying a fifth same sex couple

Chad Livengood@ChadLivengood

Ingham County clerk marrying a fifth same sex couple

09:37 AM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Congratulations to the happy couples!

Another happily married couple in Mason! Love is love!

BarbByrum@BarbByrum

Another happily married couple in Mason! Love is love!

10:00 AM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

01:18 PM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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