Michigan sees first same-sex marriage this morning


What is believed to be Michigan’s first same-sex marriage was performed shortly after 8 a.m. today by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum at the historic courthouse in Mason.

Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, both of Lansing, were married in the lobby after Byrum opened the clerk’s office at 8 a.m. and issued them a license.

“We’ve been waiting 27 years for this,” said DeJong.

Oakland, Muskegon and Washtenaw County clerks announced Friday night that licenses will be issued. The counties are expected to allow immediate weddings, waiving the typical three-day waiting period.

“As far as we’re concerned, we’re abiding by the federal court appellates,” Kestenbaum said. “We’re not typically open, but basically the Board of Commissioners strongly urged me to be open tomorrow.”

“I wasn’t expecting the ruling would go into effect immediately and I know there’s going to be attempts to get a stay, but I’m assuming there won’t be one by tomorrow,” Kestenbaum said. “If there is, then I’ll stop.”

Kestenbaum will waive the three-day waiting period and the fee. The license costs $20. He said at least one of the individuals must be a Washtenaw County resident in order for the license to be issued.

(from Detroit Free Press)