Gay couples in Michigan disappointed in Gov. Snyder’s decision

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that more than 300 marriages of same-sex couples on Saturday were performed legally by county clerks across the state of Michigan, but will not be recognized for benefits by the state until the case is resolved by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said she performed the first of 57 same-sex marriage ceremonies a couple of minutes after 8 o’clock on Saturday morning. She also said five officiants showed up to help perform marriages, including East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett. “It was an absolutely amazing experience,” Byrum said. This entire courthouse was loud.

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Gay couples recently married in Michigan can now receive federal benefits, but are still not recognized by the state government. Changes to the CATA bus system could make an easier commute for many residents from East Lansing to Okemos. And, gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular, even for those without celiac disease.  

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