Michigan issued its first gay marriage license to a couple in Ingham County on Saturday, just a day after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down.
Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, both of Lansing, were married in the lobby after Byrum opened the clerk's office at 8 a.m. and issued them a license.
"We've been waiting 27 years for this," said DeJong.
Michigan is the 18th state in the nation to allow gay marriage. At least three counties plan to issue licenses on Saturday.
Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters said she's been prepared to issue licenses since October but was waiting for an official decision from U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.
After the decision, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency stay request to prevent gay couples from marrying right away. Schuette emphasized the 59% approval by voters as well as tradition and child-rearing as reasons why the 2004 amendment, which banned gay marriage, should stand.
With no stay in place, Washtenaw County Clerk Lawrence Kestenbaum said his office will issue 60 licenses Saturday.
"I wasn't expecting the ruling would go into effect immediately and I know there's going to be attempts to get a stay, but I'm assuming there won't be one by tomorrow," Kestenbaum said. "If there is, then I'll stop."
Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown announced via Twitter her office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Wayne County resident Emily Graham, 37, said she plans to go to the clerk's office in Detroit on Monday.
"It's about time that we are able to be afforded the same rights," Graham said. "Not special rights, just the same rights as everyone. We just want to be looked at as equals in the eyes of the law."
"I am absolutely ecstatic," she added. "I've almost been apologetic about being gay, but now, this is who I am and I'm proud of it."
It was not known when the federal appeals court in Cincinnati will respond to Schuette's request.
Contributing: Detroit Free Press; The Associated Press