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Taxpayers Question Clerk's Decision To Open Courthouse

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) -- It was a historic day Saturday 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," said Ingham County resident Nathaniel Terry. "This country was built on the majority rules and for the taxpayers to pay for this? I don't think so."

Terry said he asked Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum to open the courthouse this upcoming Saturday for an event. She refused his request, but he admits he didn't have an event and was just testing the system.

Byrum believes the county not only did the right thing this past Saturday, but made a profit. She said the county made about $3,000 Saturday. On top of marrying 57 same-sex couples, they performed one opposite-sex marriage, took concealed pistol license applications and birth certificate requests.

Washtenaw, Oakland and Muskegon counties also opened Saturday for marriages. Although Byrum said a profit was made in Ingham County, the exact expense and revenue reports aren't available at this time. We'll continue to follow-up and bring you the answer when it's available.

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