Constitutional Law

Hundreds of gay couples get married in Michigan before 6th Circuit stays judge's ruling


Hundreds of same-sex couples got married in Michigan on Saturday in four counties where clerks held special weekend hours after a judge overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage on Friday.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put an end to the festivities late Saturday afternoon when it temporarily stayed the judge’s ruling, report MLive.com and the New York Times. How Appealing links to the order and additional coverage.

The temporary stay will remain in effect through Wednesday, the court said, to allow “a more reasoned consideration” of the state’s emergency motion for a stay pending appeal.

The Times says the stay put about 300 same-sex couples who got married on Saturday “in legal limbo.”

In a separate article, the New York Times says “a slew of cases” are heading to federal appeals courts. The decisions “may impel the Supreme Court to revisit the issue sooner than it wished,” the story says. A decision could come as early as June 2015, the story says.

Many legal experts interviewed by the Times expected several appeals courts to rule that gay-marriage bans are unconstitutional. The appeals court most likely to uphold a gay-marriage ban is the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, experts told the newspaper.

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