EQUALITY IN ACTION

Michigan’s First Legal Gay Marriage Takes Place On Live Television

ceremonyCounty clerks offices in four counties in Michigan made special arrangements to open today in order to marry the first same-sex couples in the state since a federal judge struck down a statewide ban on same-sex marriage yesterday.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan’s first legally wed same-sex couple was Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Casper, 52, in Ingham County near the capitol, Lansing. “We’ve been waiting 27 years for this,” DeJong said shortly after the 8am ceremony.

Shortly after, Jere Clausen and Bruce Walters became the first gay couple to be married in Muskegon County, and also the first same-sex couple to be married on live television in Michigan. The couple has been together for 14 years, and were the first of dozens lined up to be married this morning.

Watch Clausen and Walters exchange their vows below.