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      Gay couples could get married today in Michigan

      Midland County clerk Ann Manary says she'll immediately allow same-sex couples to get married, if a decision is made today by a Detroit-area federal judge.

      Other cleks across the state are preparing for a possible influx of applications for marriage licenses.

      State officials warn even if the judge strikes down the ban on same-sex marriage, licenses wonâ??t be immediately available. State Attorney General Bill Schuette would likely rule on the decision.

      At issue is a lawsuit before U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman brought by a lesbian couple in Hazel Park â?? challenging the stateâ??s ban on same-sex marriage. It was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004. The hearing is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse downtown Detroit.

      More from The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131016/POLITICS02/310160037#ixzz2hs5DHXVq
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