"I will treat same-sex couples the same as a heterosexual couples," Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich said.
Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich said an email containing same-sex marriage forms arrived from the state of Michigan approximately an hour after the Friday morning ruling was announced in Washington D.C. Deputy Clerk Janae Cooper said the office had a plan in place to accommodate same-sex couples after the ruling,
"I will treat same-sex couples the same as a heterosexual couples," Rich
"The law is the law and it is our duty to uphold the law."
No one was officially married in Ionia County Friday, but the couples will be able to wed after a three-day waiting period.
said it is the same policy for heterosexual couples.
"I only waive the three-day waiting period for military reasons or emergency-if someone forgot to pick up the license and they're having the ceremony this weekend," Rich
When asked if her
office would waive the waiting period Friday if there was a similar case for a same-sex couple, Rich
added it costs an additional $10 to have the waiting period waived.
didn't anticipate a heavy rush at the Ionia County Courthouse, but three other same-sex couples applied for licenses Friday.
Friday afternoon the online marriage form still had a side for males and females.
Cooper said she
hoped to have the affidavit updated online by Monday, but Friday had been very busy at the office.