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Same-sex couples married in Michigan celebrate anniversaries

Carrie Miller, left, and her wife, Bianca Racine, of Auburn Hills, Mich., share a quiet moment Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Ferndale, Mich.
Carrie Miller, left, and her wife, Bianca Racine, of Auburn Hills, Mich., share a quiet moment Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Ferndale, Mich. Brandy Baker, The Detroit News (AP)

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The difference between those who made it through the window last year and those who didn’t was a matter of luck as much as anything, Calcagno said. They not only had to be “in the right county” but also had to “wake up early enough.”

The earliest of the early, she said, were Glenna Dejong and Marsha Caspar, who were married at 8:05 a.m. by Ingham County Clerk Barbara Byrum, five minutes after opening her office on March 22, 2014.

Doug Meeks and McNeilly had been together about 11 years before they made their relationship a legal one last year in Ingham County.

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“It’s been amazing,” said McNeilly, a 43-year-old executive with a Grand Rapids venture capital business. “It’s been a wonderful year for both of us.”

“Marriage does matter, and we’re both very lucky to be able to get married a year ago,” said Meeks, a 38-year-old lawyer in private practice in Lansing. “The word marriage – there are ideas behind it like loyalty, commitment, love.”

While hoping for a Supreme Court ruling declaring marriage a right nationwide for same-sex couples, Calcagno said it’s more a question of when, not if, Michigan recognizes gay marriage.

“We’ve seen a tremendous shift across the spectrum, age-wise and across the religious faiths,” she said.

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