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. Mick says

    @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.

  2. Tarc says

    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.

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