DETROIT (AP) – A federal appeals court has indefinitely suspended a judge’s decision that allowed gay marriage in Michigan.
The ruling Tuesday means Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage stays on the books while the appeals court takes more time to consider the case. The panel ruled 2-1.
The ban was thrown out Friday by a federal judge in Detroit. Hundreds of couples were married Saturday before the appeals court put a temporary halt to the judge’s ruling.
The court now has extended the stay after reading arguments from the state of Michigan and attorneys for two Detroit-area nurses who challenged the ban.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Nearly 60 percent of voters approved it in 2004.