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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Michigan gay marriages suspended

Published 23/03/2014 | 01:12

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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 March 22, 2014. Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and must be overturned, a federal judge ruled on Friday.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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.

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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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