300 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Michigan

Marsha Caspar, 51, left, and Glenna DeJong, 53, of Lansing sign documents on Saturday, March 22, before they were married at the Ingham County Courthouse in the central Michigan city of Mason by County Clerk Barb Byrum. The wedding came the day after the state's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Emma Fidel)
Marsha Caspar, 51, left, and Glenna DeJong, 53, of Lansing sign documents on Saturday, March 22, before they were married at the Ingham County Courthouse in the central Michigan city of Mason by County Clerk Barb Byrum. The wedding came the day after the state's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Emma Fidel)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Clerks in four Michigan counties have issued more than 300 licenses to same-sex couples.

The first to do so Saturday was Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who approved 57 in all.

The licenses also issued in Washtenaw, Oakland and Muskegon counties came a day after Michigan’s gay marriage ban was struck down by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.

A federal appeals court later Saturday suspended gay marriages in Michigan, at least until Wednesday.

The specter of such a stay didn’t keep Elizabeth Patten away from the Washtenaw County building in Ann Arbor during the early morning hours of Saturday. Shortly after the clerk’s doors opened, she had a license and headed downstairs where a judge married her and 28-year partner Jonnie Terry.

Patten says the experience “was really surreal.”

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