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.

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  • Dakotahgeo

    These stories just warm my heart! Too bad the the stone cold hearts of the stone cold conservatives aren’t melted. All the best to the newly married couples!

  • DickieJohnson

    @Dakotahgeo: Heart-warming, indeed! I’m very, very happy for all the couples who’ve been together for several, or many, years finally to be able to wed. May all of them continue in their happiness! Dramaqueens, take note!

  • tricky ricky

    it will be interesting to see what the court says about the stay they granted later on Saturday when they review it this coming Wednesday given the attorney general used the exact same legal reasoning requesting the stay which the republican Ronald Reagan appointed activist judge said was unconstitutional bullshit.

    the judge wrote a devastating opinion which eviscerated every single argument put forward by the state AND he called all of their expert witnesses unbelievable and said their research was a bunch of hooey. he stopped short of calling them out and out liars.

  • rextrek

    makes you wonder Whyyyyyy there are Gay republicans???? Self haters that they are! Hey Gay Republicans – the GOP HATES YOU!!!

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