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Paying For Saturday Gay Weddings In Ingham County

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(WLNS) - It was an historic day Saturday, March 22 when dozens of same-sex couples left the Ingham County courthouse with marriage licenses in hand. 

Now some people are speaking out, not against gay couple's rights, but against the clerk's decision to open the courthouse.

"I know that these people who went there, they've been waiting a long time, this country was built on the majority rules and for the taxpayers to pay for this? I don't think so", said Ingham County resident Nathaniel Terry.

Terry says he asked Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum to open the courthouse this Saturday for his event, but admits he was just testing the system and didn't really have something scheduled.

Byrum would not open the courthouse Saturday for Terry.

The county made about $3,000 Saturday. Byrum says on top of marrying 57 same-sex couples, they performed one opposite-sex marriage, took concealed pistol license applications and birth certificate requests.

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