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What's Next For Gay Marriage in Michigan?

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The rush to the alter for gay couples may be over as Federal Appeals Court in Cincinnati put a hold on same-sex marriages in Michigan yesterday.

But what about the dozens that tied the knot just over 24 hours ago? Like Jen Loforese and Jean Baker of Lansing.

The couple has been together for six years and still can't believe they got married yesterday.

"So many friends get ahold of us and oh my gosh, so many congratulations," said Loforese.

But the excitement may be short-lived. Same sex marriages have been halted...at least until Wednesday, and Loforese and Baker say they are lucky they tied the knot before all of this happened.

"It makes me cry to think now if we would have had to wait until Monday, and the stay was already in place, that we had this moment, this small opportunity and then it was gone," said Loforese.

Although Loforese and Baker are still legally married in the state of Michigan, the halt on gay marriages has them confused and anxious.

"Its pretty scary," said Baker. "I guess I feel pretty concerned for our situation but also sad," said Loforese.

Associate Law Professor Emily Horvath says that things are in a "legal limbo" and now the waiting games begin.

"On Wednesday we'll learn whether or not either the stay is lifted and marriages resume or if the court is going to keep that stay in place while they consider the merits of the decision," said Horvath, " So it can seem confusing it can seem a little frustrating but this is the process we have to go through."

Horvath adds that even after this happens, the appeals process within the courts could take months. But regardless of the uncertainly, Lofroese and Baker are still happy with their decision to wed.


"Even at the cost of not knowing where we are at, right now I'm still glad that we're so proud that we were married in Michigan," said Loforese.

More than 50 same sex couples got married in Ingham County yesterday.

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