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Temporary Stay Issued in Michigan's Gay Marriage Case

The stay puts a judge's decision to overturn a gay marriage ban on hold at least through Wednesday.
Image: Gardiner and Citron hold hands as a woman officiating their wedding ceremony reads the marriage vows from her cell phone in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan
Elizabeth Gardiner, left, and Stephanie Citron hold hands as a woman, right, officiating their wedding ceremony reads the marriage vows from her cell phone in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan March 22, 2014, before a stay was issued.REBECCA COOK / Reuters

A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The Cincinnati court's order Saturday brings a halt to same-sex weddings in Michigan, at least through Wednesday. Dozens of couples got hitched earlier Saturday in at least four Michigan counties.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday overturned Michigan's constitutional ban, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. Nearly 60 percent of state voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as between a man and a woman.

— The Associated Press

Elizabeth Gardiner, left, and Stephanie Citron hold hands as a woman, right, officiating their wedding ceremony reads the marriage vows from her cell phone in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan March 22, 2014, before a stay was issued.REBECCA COOK / Reuters