US appeals court seeks response on gay marriages

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Jenny Stanczyk, rear at left, and Cheryl Pine, rear at right, wait in line to apply for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office with Maria, front left, and Nina Stanczyk in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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MASON, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court order makes it unlikely Michigan's same-sex marriages will be quickly halted.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to freeze Friday's decision that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.

The court responded Saturday, saying it wants to hear from the winning side by noon Tuesday.

The appeals court issued the order a day after a federal judge in Detroit overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

That decision resulted in dozens of gay Michigan couples rushing to recite their vows Saturday morning and afternoon.

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