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Court halts gay marriages in Mich. after ban was struck down

Same-sex couples got their marriage licenses after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. A federal appeals court later suspended gay marriages in the state.

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Same-sex couples got their marriage licenses after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. A federal appeals court later suspended gay marriages in the state.

CINCINNATI — A 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 Saturday brings a halt to same-sex weddings in Michigan, at least through Wednesday. Dozens of couples got hitched earlier Saturday in at least four Michigan counties.

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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’ve been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. Nearly 60 percent of state voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only as between a man and a woman.

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