Detroit: After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, Michigan witnessed various gay couples taking immediate vows on Friday.
Last year, a judge had said that Michigan’s 2004 ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, with which the nation’s highest court agreed and Gov. Rick Snyder vowed to abide by the new rules, encouraging people to treat everyone with respect, Crain’s Detroit Business reported.
The decision was taken in a case involving two Hazel Park nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who said they were elated “that this day has finally come” and were “overwhelmed” by the “surreal” moment.
They had each adopted two children but hadn’t been able to jointly adopt them since the state wasn’t in support of heterosexual marriage, which will now change.
DeBoer, 44, and Rowse, 50, plan to have U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, the judge who overturned the state’s gay marriage ban in 2014, marry them in late summer or early fall, saying that it felt right to have him be the one to perform the ceremony.
Michigan had seen about 300 same-sex couples getting married last year when gay marriage was allowed in for about 24 hours in the state. Marriages immediately resumed Friday in some counties where clerks waived the three-day waiting period for a license.
Wayne County declared to hold a mass marriage ceremony each weekday in July for gay couples, instead of just on Fridays.
However, Michigan’s Roman Catholic bishops said they were dissatisfied with the ruling and said that the decision “represents a profound legal turning point in the contemporary and cultural understanding of spouses and family.”
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