USA Michigan: Counties Prepare to Wed Gays As AG Pushes for Stay

Written by scott on March 22nd, 2014

Michigan Counties

Map via US Census

In the wake of the marriage equality ruling yesterday striking down the ban, several counties are already moving to give out licenses to same sex couples today.

Equality on Trial reports:

As EqualityOnTrial noted in its report earlier, Washtenaw County’s clerk will open their office tomorrow (Saturday) from 9AM – 1PM to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples… But other counties are joining Washtenaw in offering marriage licenses tomorrow. A reporter from WOOD-TV8 tweeted that Muskegon County’s clerk will be issuing same-sex marriage licenses tomorrow at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Oakland County’s Clerk, Lisa Brown, will open her office from 9AM – 1PM as well.

Licenses are free in Washtenaw, but at least one applicant must be a county resident.

From our friend Linda Giovanna Zambanini on Facebook, a fourth county:

Also, “Ingham County* Clerk Barbara Byrum invited couples who wanted to marry to download her link to the marriage license application form and bring it and identification to her office on Monday [8am!]. While the law calls for a three-day waiting period after applying for a marriage license, the county clerk has the right to waive the wait.” updates:

“Ingham County residents wishing to marry: The Clerk’s Mason Office WILL BE OPEN at 8am TODAY! People have waited long enough. I was sick with myself with the idea of waiting until Monday. You must apply in the county in which you or your partner reside. At least one of the individuals must be a resident of the county in which a couple applies.”

Michigan Lesbian WeddingIn fact, at least one lesbian couple has already been married in Ingham County. reports:

The first gay couple to marry in Michigan? Perhaps! Tweets Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum: “Marsha & Glenna have been together for 26 years and are getting married RIGHT NOW!!”

Attorney General Bill Schuette is pushing for an emergency stay.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge’s decision striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage while he appeals. Schuette’s emergency request for the emergency stay and appeal were filed Friday with an appeals court in Cincinnati following federal Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling, which came two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who have been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

And mark Regnerus and his “study” purporting to show that gays are terrible parents took what may be a fatal blow.

Joe.My.God reports:

The Court finds Regnerus’s testimony entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration. The evidence adduced at trial demonstrated that his 2012 ‘study’ was hastily concocted at the behest of a third-party funder, which found it ‘essential that the necessary data be gathered to settle the question in the forum of public debate about what kinds of family arrangement are best for society’ and which ‘was confident that the traditional understanding of marriage will be vindicated by this study.’ While Regnerus maintained that the funding source did not affect his impartiality as a researcher, the Court finds this testimony unbelievable. The funder clearly wanted a certain result, and Regnerus obliged. Whatever Regnerus may have found in this ‘study,’ he certainly cannot purport to have undertaken a scholarly research effort to compare the outcomes of children raised by same-sex couples with those of children raised by heterosexual couples. It is no wonder that the NFSS has been widely and severely criticized by other scholars, and that Regnerus’s own sociology department at the University of Texas has distanced itself from the NFSS in particular and Dr. Regnerus’s views in general.

An amazing day in Michigan – will this go on for weeks like in Utah, or will it be shut down by Monday? Either way, marriage equality is coming to Michigan.

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