MIDLAND, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – After one Michigan judge announced he’d halt all wedding ceremonies in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry — his colleagues are saying not so fast.
Three Midland County judges said the courts will still perform marriages, despite comments by District Judge Michael D. Carpenter, who said he’d read the high court’s decision, reviewed his court rules, and realized judges aren’t required to officiate marriages.READ MORE: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
After Carpenter told the Midland Daily News he decided to stop conducting marriages as one of several cost-cutting moves due to staffing cuts, County Clerk Ann Manary told The Saginaw News she’ll officiate for couples seeking courthouse weddings.
Later Wednesday, county Chief Judge Stephen Carras and two colleagues released a letter saying they’re “making sure that people who want to get married are able to do so in their courthouse.”READ MORE: Farmington Hills Police, Fire Department Participate In Toys For Tots Drive
Meantime, counties across the state are updating marriage license applications to accommodate same-sex couples, and some clerks were already preforming ceremonies.
The Associated Press left a phone message Wednesday for Carpenter asking if his views on same-sex marriage influenced the decision.MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 16,590 New COVID-19 Cases, 127 Deaths
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