Weddings Begin for Same-Sex Couples in Michigan

March 22, 2014

Photo Credit | Rick Pluta

“By the authority invested in me by the great state of Michigan, I now pronounced you married…”

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum got teary-eyed as she performed Michigan’s first same-sex wedding. Glenna DeJong and her new wife Marsha Caspar laughed, cried, and hugged as they became the state’s first legally wed same-sex couple.

“It’s bigger than us. It’s about the rights of everybody in Michigan, all the gay people in Michigan who have been waiting for this.”

DeJong says she and Caspar have been waiting 27 years to be married. A federal judge ruled yesterday that Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette still hopes the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will put a hold on that ruling.

--Rick Pluta, Mason

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Photo Credit | Rick Pluta