Gay people in at least two Michigan counties will be able to get marriage licenses on Saturday after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The clerks of Washtenaw and Muskegon counties confirmed they would issue marriage licenses.
“We’re not typically open, but basically the Board of Commissioners strongly urged me to be open tomorrow,” Washtenaw County Clerk Lawrence Kestenbaum told the Detroit Free Press.
His office is waiving the typical three-day waiting period and fee. County elections chief Ed Golembiewski told the Free Press that preference would go to couples who had hoped to get married at the clerk’s office last October but were stymied when the judge in this case decided to hold a trial.
A flurry of tweets greeted the news.
The counties' decisions came because the judge didn't stay his ruling pending appeal, as other federal judges have done. State Attorney General Bill Schuette quickly requested an emergency stay, but it might not come in time to stop the weddings on Saturday.
In 2004, voters approved an amendment to the state constitution recognizing marriage as being only between a man and a woman.
Friday's ruling is the fifth such court decision in the past few months, following similar outcomes in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas. And it's the seventh such court decision, along with similar ones in New Mexico and New Jersey, to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June that struck down a part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.