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MICHIGAN: Sixth Circuit Court Asks For Appeal/Stay Response By Tuesday
UPDATE: Stay Issued, Marriages Halted

Via the Associated Press:
A federal appeals court order makes it unlikely Michigan's same-sex marriages will be quickly halted. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to freeze Friday's decision that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. The court responded Saturday, saying it wants to hear from the winning side by noon Tuesday. The appeals court issued the order a day after a federal judge in Detroit overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
Monday and Tuesday will be a merry madhouse for the offices of Michigan's county clerks.

UPDATE: The Sixth Circuit Court has ordered a stay.
Via the Detroit News:
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit has issued a temporary stay on Michigan's gay marriage case until Wednesday. “To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the district court’s judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday,” the order read. Earlier Saturday, the appeals court issued a one-page order directing the attorneys for the same sex couple who had sought to get married to respond to Attorney General Bill Schuette's request for an emergency stay by noon Tuesday. The order was entered by the appeals court clerk, Deborah Hunt, and didn't disclose which three-judge panel has been assigned to hear the emergency appeal.
Over 300 gay couples received Michigan marriage licenses today. The stay order is here.

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