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Clerks in at Least 7 of Michigan's 83 Counties are Ready to Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Clerks in at least 7 of Michigan's 83 counties are ready to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Wednesday should U.S. District Court Judge Milton Friedman strikes down the state's ban, MLive reports:

DeboerIngham County Clerk Barb Byrum, a Democrat who previously served in the state House, is among a handful of elected officials preparing for that possibility. She has plans to personally perform a same-sex marriage this week if the ban is lifted.

"We're prepared to follow the law like we always have, and you know, quite frankly, I look forward to the time when all couples, regardless of whether they're same-sex or not, are able to marry," Byrum said, noting that couples can only apply in a county where one of them lives...

...Clerks in Bay, Clare, Ingham, Midland, Oakland, Tuscola and Washtenaw counties indicated that they are ready to begin issuing licenses immediately after a ruling. Many have not yet responded, and others said they would wait for a directive from the state.

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  1. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

    Posted by: Jamie | Oct 15, 2013 12:48:47 PM

  2. And tomorrow is only day of hearing testimonies.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Oct 15, 2013 1:57:46 PM

  3. It won't be long now.

    Posted by: AKConstant | Oct 15, 2013 1:59:15 PM

  4. @Andy Towlette- the Judge has indicated he will have a ruling ready. The matter has been briefed extensively and it has been postponed to get the Scotus ruling this past summer.

    What I don't get is why everyone is assuming the ruling won't be stayed pending the already announced appeal.

    Posted by: Mick | Oct 15, 2013 2:07:53 PM

  5. I bet Livingston will need to be sued before they start issuing them.

    Posted by: me | Oct 15, 2013 2:16:39 PM

  6. It's really great that we see the counties of University of Michgan & Michigan State leading the way. It's also interesting that Clare is a 'red' county.

    Posted by: Tarc | Oct 16, 2013 4:50:58 AM

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