Gay couples in Michigan line up to be married

March 22, 2014
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Jayne Rowse, left, speaks as April DeBoer, kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., Friday, March 21, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Couples are lined up outside some Michigan county clerks offices a day after the state's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge.

Clerks who handle marriage licenses in Michigan's 83 counties said they would start granting them to gays and lesbians, three as early as Saturday.

Attorney General Bill Schuette asked a higher court Friday to freeze the landmark ruling while an appeal is pursued.

It was not known when a federal appeals court in Cincinnati would respond.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples.