Court extends freeze on Michigan gay marriages

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has indefinitely suspended a judge's decision that allowed gay marriage in Michigan.

The ruling Tuesday means Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage stays on the books while the appeals court takes more time to consider the case. The panel ruled 2-1.

The ban was thrown out Friday by a federal judge in Detroit. Hundreds of couples were married Saturday before the appeals court put a temporary halt to the judge's ruling.

The court now has extended the stay after reading arguments from the state of Michigan and attorneys for two Detroit-area nurses who challenged the ban. Since December, bans on gay marriage have been overturned in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, but appeals have put those cases on hold.