Court Halts Gay Marriages in Michigan

Appeals court wants more time to look over the case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 22, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
Court Halts Gay Marriages in Michigan
Nasir Khawaja, left, and Mark Sarver stand outside in line to apply for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws...   (Paul Sancya)

A federal appeals court issued an order today preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in Michigan for at least several more days. The 6th US 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 yesterday overturning Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The court said its stay would last until at least Wednesday. Earlier today, dozens of same-sex couples in at least four Michigan counties wasted no time in getting hitched, uncertain of how the appeals court would act. Click for more on the story. (More gay marriage stories.)

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