Friday 3 July 2015

Michigan gay marriages suspended

Published 23/03/2014 | 01:12

Elizabeth Gardiner (L) and Stephanie Citron hold hands as a woman (R) officiating their wedding ceremony reads the marriage vows from her cell phone in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan. Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and must be overturned, a federal judge ruled on Friday
Elizabeth Gardiner (L) and Stephanie Citron hold hands as a woman (R) officiating their wedding ceremony reads the marriage vows from her cell phone in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan. Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and must be overturned, a federal judge ruled on Friday

A US federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The Cincinnati court's order yesterday brings a halt to same-sex weddings in Michigan, at least until Wednesday. Dozens of couples got hitched earlier yesterday in the state. Nearly 60 per cent of state voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognises marriage only as between a man and a woman.

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