March 22, 2014: Washtenaw County Clerk to issue licenses for same-sex marriages

From Facebook and from Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum:

Same sex marriage is now the law in Michigan.

This afternoon, Judge Friedman of the Eastern District federal court struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan. Unexpectedly, there was no “stay” pending appeal, and thus the ruling went into effect immediately.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking an injunction or stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals. The court may or may not do so. But in the meantime, Judge Friedman’s ruling is the final word on the matter.

My Vital Records office will be open tomorrow, Saturday (March 22, 2014), from 9am to 1pm, to accept applications and issue marriage licenses. We anticipate that we will be able to process about 60 applications. After 1pm, the staff will not be available. I apologize in advance to those we will have to turn away.

Of course, we will be giving out numbers on a first-come, first-served basis, but first, we will honor the numbers we gave out last October.

Note that applicants should bring the documents specified on our web site, and $20.01 (for residents of Washtenaw County) or $30.01 (if both members of the couple live out of state). If either member of the couple live in Michigan, and neither one lives in Washtenaw County, you have to go to your own county.

The additional one cent is the fee (set by the Board of Commissioners) for immediate processing of the marriage license. I anticipate that those who apply tomorrow will want immediate processing. If you don’t need your marriage license right away, please wait until Monday.


Marriage Application Information — Official Website of Washtenaw County, MI

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