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West Michigan Minister Plans to Marry Same-Sex Couples

 
West Michigan Minister Plans to Marry Same-Sex Couples
Posted March 22nd, 2014 @ 12:10am by WOOD Radio News Team

A West Michigan minister says he plans to marry same-sex couples Saturday.

Reverend Bill Freeman (pictured) of Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Muskegon said in a statement Friday that he's "ready to perform as many same-sex weddings as is humanly possible," and he invited same-sex couples interested in getting married to contact him.

Rev. Freeman said also that Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters will be there to issue wedding licenses.

A federal judge in Detroit ruled that Michigan's voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to being an institution between one man and one woman violated the US Constitution. State Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a request for an emergency stay of the ruling and an appeal.

The Associated Press reports clerks in Oakland and Washtenaw counties plan also to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, instead of waiting until they're open again for regular business hours on Monday. The judge's decision on Friday was released after many clerk offices had closed for the day.

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