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Ferndale Mayor Helping Gay Couples Tie the Knot after Historic Ruling

After federal judge's ruling striking down 10-year ban on same-sex marriage, the mayor of a Detroit suburb is making it easier for Michiganders to get married.

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter is officiating at ceremonies Saturday. If couples can't make it then, they're asked to stop by the City Clerk's office on Monday for details. (Patch file photo)
Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter is officiating at ceremonies Saturday. If couples can't make it then, they're asked to stop by the City Clerk's office on Monday for details. (Patch file photo)

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter said Saturday he would officiate marriage ceremonies at Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the State of Michigan’s ban on same sex marriages.

“It is officially past midnight and the dawn of a new day, marriage is now equal in the State of Michigan,” Coulter said.

The plan was to officiate ceremonies on a first-come. first-serve dbasis.

Couples unable to attend Saturday’s services should contact the City Clerk’s office on Monday at (248) 546-2381 to schedule a ceremony, he said.

Couples must be residents of the state of Michigan and should have a marriage license from Oakland County. Licenses can be obtained this morning during limited hours at the Oakland County Clerk’s Office located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac, Michigan.

The Oakland County Clerk may be contacted at (248) 858-0581.


Daffy Noodnicks March 27, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Rodgers: you use the same red herrings that have no basis in reality that people have always used. Marriage equality is the law of the land in many states. Has any of these ridiculous cases you bring up even a tiny glimmer of realization? Absolutely not. Answer to the question of why the definition of marriage should change has been given many times here, but you are too impervious to see it: it isn't fair, or constitutional. Because injustice has existed in the past is no reason for it to persist. And it won't. It's obvious you are having a tough time with that, but too bad. I for one will not lose a blink if sleep over your angst.
Mr Rogers March 28, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Well, apparently same-sex marriage is legal in 13 countries. But I still think it's not healthy for society. Tradition has a lot going for it, mainly because it works. And the argument about it leading to polygamy cannot be summarily dismissed: "Gay marriage could potentially lead down a "slippery slope" giving people in polygamous and other nontraditional relationships the right to marry. [10] Glen Lavy, JD, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, argued in a May 21, 2008 Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, "The movement for polygamy and polyamory is poised to use the successes of same-sex couples as a springboard for further de-institutionalizing marriage." [11] In April 2013, Slate published a plea for legal polygamy by writer Jillian Keenan: "Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less 'correct' than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults." [71]
Daffy Noodnicks March 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Um...Rodgers: just because you found some fringe extremists who share some of the same irrational rhetoric that you are spewing does not mean I should not dismiss your baseless red herring. I ask again, in any of the growing number of places where marriage equality is the law of the land is there any traction whatsoever for this? Absolutely, no. You are desperately grasping at straws. It is just silly. Are the the people of Massachusetts or Canada clamboring for multiple marriage?
K. Scott March 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Daffy, we are dealing with the flat earth mindset here. Loving Vs Virginia still has not produced dog/ man marriges or wild polygamous orgys.But it's the exact same argument to deny interracial marriage. How ironic, we all no how that turned out. Galileo is doing a facepalm somewhere.

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