DETROIT (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder pledged Friday to ‘fully comply’ with a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide and urged Michigan residents to embrace the state’s diversity by treating everyone with respect.
Counties, meanwhile, were updating marriage license applications to accommodate same-sex couples. Clerks in Ingham and Calhoun counties planned to marry gay couples immediately, while clerks elsewhere weren’t going that far.
In the Grand Rapids area, Kent County said the typical three-day waiting period to get a license still would apply, especially with an anticipated increase in applications.
Michigan had a huge role in the Supreme Court decision. A federal judge in Detroit last year said a 2004 state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, and the nation’s highest court agreed.
“Our state government will follow the law and our state agencies will make the necessary changes to ensure that we will fully comply. ……
View original post 187 more words