Attorney for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse must file a response for motion to stay by March 25

(WXYZ) - In a court document filed Saturday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sent an order to the defense saying they have to file a response to the state's appeal filed yesterday.

This document says Dana Nessell, the attorney for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, has to file a response to the appeal and emergency stay, filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette Friday. The response must be filed in court by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

It comes on the heel of a federal judge's ruling Friday saying Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. After the ruling came down, Schuette immediately filed an appeal and requested a stay on the decision.

An emergency stay would halt U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling, and would not allow same-sex couples to get married.

Saturday morning, hundreds of same-sex couples lined up at county clerk offices in Oakland, Ingham and Washtenaw counties to get their marriage licenses.

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