JUDGE BERNARD FRIEDMAN STRUCK down Michigan’s gay marriage ban, making it legal for county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, March 21st, 2014. As expected, the state’s attorney general immediately issued a request to suspend Judge Friedman’s ruling until federal appeals proceedings conclude. However, there was a 24-hour window between when the gay marriage ban was overturned and when the federal appeals court granted the suspension—that is where my story begins:
When we heard the announcement that the same-sex marriage ban had been overturned, Mandy and I knew we had to celebrate with sushi (and no, that is not an innuendo…we actually got sushi). We had been talking of our marriage plans for almost a year and officially got engaged in January, but we had no idea when we’d actually be able to get married in Michigan.
Our plan was always to get married legally…
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