WWMT - wwmt.com - Search Results The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available. First West Mich. same-sex couples marrying after ban struck down(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Same-sex couples across the state are already starting to say "I do," after a judge rules Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.The historic ruling came down yesterday afternoon from a federal judge in Detroit. Michigan is now the 18th state to allow gay marriage. Saturday morning, some county clerks are already getting ready to issue marriage licenses.This came about after a lesbian couple sued the state to overturn the gay marriage ban so they could adopt their children as a couple. The ruling came yesterday after months of proceedings, with Judge Bernard Friedman saying, "The guarantee of equal protection must prevail."Gay couples say this is the recognition they've been waiting for. The LGBT community gathered Saturday night to celebrate, saying that while this is a milestone, there's still more work to be done.Community engagement coordinator Meg Bauer says, "Right now it's still legal to fire someone or deny them housing in Michigan just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Many of us have been working across the state to change that."Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette filed an appeal Friday. He's citing the 2004 voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying in a statement, "Michigan voters enshrined that decision in our state constitution, and their will should stand and be respected. I will continue to carry out my duty to protect and defend the constitution."Muskegon County began issuing licenses at 9 a.m. Ceremonies will run throughout the day at Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation church in Muskegon. The county clerk says issue says if a stay is issued from the court, those marriages performed beforehand will be legal.Ingham, Oakland and Washtenaw counties are also issuing licenses Saturday, but the Kalamazoo County clerk says his office will not.