US: Lesbian couple first to wed in Michigan
A lesbian couple that have been together for over a quarter of a century were the first couple to take advantage of the new ruling in Michigan by US District Judge Bernard Friedman which lifted the ban on same-sex marriage in the US state.
The lesbians from Lansing, Glenna DeJong, 53 and Marsha Caspar, 51 had been together for 27 years.
The couple were wed by the Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in Mason.
Both women expressed their incredulity at finally being able to marry.
"I figured in my lifetime it would happen, but now, when it happens now, it's just overwhelming. I still can't believe it. I don't think it's hit me yet," Caspar told the Associated Press.
County clerks from the 83 counties in Michigan began issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples on March 22 following Friedman’s ruling on March 21.
Same-sex couples have been advised to act quickly if they wish to wed, with the Michigan Attorney General already filing a motion to suspend Judge Friedman’s ruling.
In 2004 Michigan voters approved a ban on gat marriage.