Gay couples who married before temporary stay seek name changes
Caroline MacGregor March 24, 2014 | WGVU
after Federal Judge Bernard Friedman overturned Michigan’s ban on same sex
marriage, a federal appeals court suspended same sex marriages in Michigan - at
least through Wednesday.
appeals court issued the temporary stay on Saturday but not before about 300
couples raced to tie the knot. Among them Grand Rapids resident Bethany Joy
Winn and her partner, Mary, who traveled to Muskegon to take advantage
of the county’s waiver of the normal three day waiting period.
“It was a lot of up and down, a lot of yo yo feeling but my wife and I were in a ceremony that got done maybe 30 minutes before the stay was passed.”
morning, the newly married couple set off for the Social Security Administration
Office to get their names changed.
“There's a few of us that were trying to do the same thing but we went with our marriage licenses from Saturday>We went with our marriage
licenses from Saturday to get replacement social security cards with our married names; there might be a little question about whether they'll get processed. ”
Aware of Governor
Snyder’s announcement that state agencies won’t recognize gay marriages until
the US appeals court rules on the stay Wednesday, and that their updated Social Security
cards may not be issued, the two were dubious but determined as they set off on
their next name change quest.
“We're expecting to be discouraged but we want to call attention to it and now we're going to the SOS office to see if we can change our driver’s licenses.”
Beth and Mary ran into a roadblock at the Secretary of State’s office.
“Before our numbers somebody very respectful said we're not going to be able to process this today, I don't want you wasting your time waiting.”
Winn and her
partner remain hopeful the stay will be lifted.
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