Changes in gay marriage laws in Michigan
Gay rights supporters outside federal courthouse in Detroit, March 21, are happy with U.S. Judge Bernard Friedman’s historic ruling striking down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.
Oakland, Ingham, Muskegon and Washtenaw County Clerks began issuing marriage licenses to LGBT couples early the following morning. Dozens of same-sex couples married early March 22. However, an appeals court suspension on Freidman’s ruling will temporarily prevent hundreds same-sex couples who were legally married that day from getting state benefits. Michigan is now the 18th state to allow gay marriage. RALPH JONES PHOTO