CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court on Saturday 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 order by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati brought a halt to same-sex weddings in Michigan, at least through Wednesday. Dozens of couples got married earlier Saturday in at least four Michigan counties.
Federal Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday overturned Michigan’s constitutional ban, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.
Two Detroit-area nurses who have been partners for eight years said the ban violated their rights under the US Constitution. Nearly 60 percent of Michigan voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as between a man and a woman.
After Friedman issued his ruling, the state attorney general, Bill Schuette, filed a notice asking the Appeals Court to stay the ruling and to reconsider it.
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