Defenders of same-sex, traditional marriage take stand in Midland

Midland County Clerk said she would wait for the state's go-ahead to issue marriage certificates to gay couples.

Same-sex couples in Michigan will have to wait a little longer to find out if they will be legally allowed to marry in Michigan.

A U.S. District Judge decided Wednesday not to make a decision whether to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage until he hears testimony from experts.

He says he needs to hear whether or not there is a legitimate state interest in banning gay marriage.

A trial has been scheduled for February 25.

Two Detroit-area nurses in a lesbian relationship field the suit saying the state's constitutional amendment violated the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.

In Midland Wednesday defenders of traditional marriage gathered before the judge's decision.

Bearing flags, grasping bibles, Midland residents defended their beliefs.

"Standing up for the rights of traditional marriage," said Terry Smith of Midland.

"I am for tradition biblical marriage," said Carolyn Wegener, Midland.

The protestors took their place along Jerome Street Wednesday urging the Midland County Clerk to hold off on issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples regardless of the federal judge's decision.

(Gary Glenn: "What we hope will happen is the judge will uphold the will of the people and our state constitution," said Gary Glenn, President of American Family Association.

But not the will of all people.

Shelly Spencer used her lunch break Wednesday to support same-sex marriage yards from where others opposed it.

"I just got so upset about it and I thought there's no one there for the gay and lesbian people," said Spencer.

Same-sex couples will now have to wait until February to find out if they can marry.

Meantime, Midland County Clerk, Ann Manary, said she plans to follow state guidelines.

"My job is to follow the law, that's what I was elected to do and that's what I'll continue to do," she said.

Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a letter stating that if the judge had overturned the state's ban on same sex marriage county clerks across Michigan would not have been permitted to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.