Ingham County: #1 Trending Facebook Topic As First Same-Sex Marriage License Issued [VIDEO]
Michigan's Ingham County clerk, Barb Byrum, said she couldn't wait until Monday to issue same-sex marriage licenses after a judge overturned the decade-long ban on Friday. She was one of four county clerks to open their offices on Saturday, and the very first to issue a same-sex marriage license in Michigan.
Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong of Lansing, the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license, have been together for 27 years.
57 marriage licenses were issued in Ingham County and Byrum says she personally performed 30 ceremonies before tweeting "Everyone who is here have been served. We are locking the courthouse. Thank you all so much for your love & support!"
She later tweeted "Today was an awesome day: #marriageequality"
One of those couples that was married today, Mrs. and Mrs. Shawna Lu Rae Cronk, is seen in the video below.
Shawna Lu Rae Cronk and Christina Huff were together for three years before being married at the Ingham County Courthouse on Saturday. Huff has taken Cronk's last name.
Cronk said "I married the love of my life today." She continued, "She has helped me become the person I am today and it's amazing that finally I could marry her right here in our own state."
She said the two had plans to go to New York to marry next month but that being able to share the moment with their son, nephew and loved ones made it even more special.
Nic Cable, Young Adult and Campus Minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing performed the couple's 12:30pm ceremony at the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.