Washtenaw County, Oakland County to create marriage licenses Saturday for same-sex couples

(WXYZ) - Washtenaw County will be accepting marriage license applications on Saturday to help same-sex couples tie the knot. 

Larry Kestenbaum, clerk and register of deeds in Washtenaw, confirms that the vital records office at 200 North Main Street in Ann Arbor will be open tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Kestenbaum says they will be accepting marriage applications and creating marriage licenses. The couple would then be able to take the license to an officiator and get married. 

We're told they are able to accommodate about 60 couples on Saturday.

Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown tweeted that her office will also be opened on Saturday to give out licenses. She said their office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Also, Ingham County will be open at 8 a.m. to marry couples. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum tweeted out a photo of a couple that married Saturday morning.

Byrum issused a license to Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar, who have been waiting 27 years to get married.

The majority of county offices will not be open until Monday.

When they learned of the news, hugs and laughter for Fran Brown and her partner Susan.

“I get such a feeling.  It’s so validating that our relationship can be viewed the same as everyone else,” said Fran Brown.

Even Fran’s daughter, Lea Mitchell, had been waiting for the day both her moms could legally be married in Michigan.

“I sometimes felt like this was never going to happen.  I called my mom I was screaming, crying from my living room.  It’s just such a joyful occasion,” said Lea Mitchell.

Others breathe a sigh of relief.

“Ahhhhhh, it’s just monumental,” said Cheryl Pine.

Jenny Stanczyk and Cheryl Pine were married in Iowa, but that didn’t mean anything here in Michigan.

“It’s not just for marriage equality for us, but it gives us protection for our adopted children,” said Cheryl Pine.

She hadn’t been able to legally adopt the couple’s two young adopted children.  Now she can’t wait to legally adopt the kids.

“For them to have legal protection if something happens to one of us is huge,” said Pine.

7 Action News spoke with the Macomb County Clerk about details for getting a marriage license.

“The best thing they can do is go to our website.  Go there and go into the marriage license and it will tell you everything,” said Carmella Sabaugh,  Macomb County Clerk. 

Sabaugh says you can even apply online.

“On Monday they can come to our office and look at it and certify that everything is accurate on it and then pay a $20 fee and then there is a 3 day waiting period, but you can waive the waiting period by paying $10,” said Sabaugh.

Many couples like Pine and Stanczyk will line up at their county clerk’s office Monday morning.

“I’ve already called in to my boss saying, I’m going to be late,” said Pine.

“Yep, and, I work at a school and my principal already told me, whenever it happens, just let me know and we’ll get someone to cover your class,” said Stanczyk.

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