Dozens of same-sex couples in Michigan get hitched before judge issues stay

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Dozens of same-sex Michigan couples rushed to the altar today, just one day after a judge lifted state's ban on same-sex marriage was lifted.

But a federal appeals courtstepped in hours later and issued an order preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in the state for at least several more days, AP reported.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said it issued the stay because it needed more time to consider the state's appeal of a judge's ruling Friday overturning Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The court said its stay would last until at least Wednesday.

But, in the interim, same-sex couples in at least four of Michigan's 83 counties tied the knot.

Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, of Lansing, were the first to arrive at the Ingham County Courthouse to receive a license. The pair has been together for 27 years.

"I figured in my lifetime it would happen," Caspar said. "But now, when it happens now, it's just overwhelming. I still can't believe it. I don't think it's hit me yet."

The Associated Press reported that similar nuptials followed one after another, at times en masse, in at least four of Michigan's 83 counties. The couples' haste was out of concern that Attorney General Bill Schuette's request for a stay could be granted at any time, putting at least a temporary end to the ceremonies.

DeJong said that threat was all the encouragement they needed.

"Come Monday, we might not be able to do it, so we knew we had a short window of time," she said.

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