Some Michigan county clerks will issue marriage licenses Saturday; Sixth Circuit orders response to stay request by Tuesday
March 21, 2014
UPDATE Saturday, March 22 9:37AM ET: A fourth county, Ingham, is also issuing marriage licenses. More info here.
UPDATE 2 9:41AM ET: The first couple has gotten their license. Photos here.
UPDATE 3 4:18PM ET: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has called for a response to the emergency stay request by noon next Tuesday. This means marriages will continue at least until then,
UPDATE 4 7:13PM ET Sixth Circuit changes its mind, and has issued a temporary stay until Wednesday. Marriages are on hold.
As EqualityOnTrial noted in its report earlier, Washtenaw County’s clerk will open their office tomorrow (Saturday) from 9AM – 1PM to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A federal district court judge has struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and no stay of his decision has been issued. The state officials defending the ban have appealed the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and they’ve filed an emergency request for a stay in that court. As of this writing, no stay has been issued.
But other counties are joining Washtenaw in offering marriage licenses tomorrow. A reporter from WOOD-TV8 tweeted that Muskegon County’s clerk will be issuing same-sex marriage licenses tomorrow at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Oakland County’s Clerk, Lisa Brown, will open her office from 9AM – 1PM as well.
Most, if not all, of these counties require at least one of the applicants to reside in the county where they’re applying for a license.
As of this writing, these are the only three counties who have confirmed they’ll be open tomorrow. Other counties could announce a decision soon, or in the morning.
For more information on DeBoer v. Snyder from The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, click here.