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Mid-Michigan same sex couples planning to marry Monday, now waiting for court decision

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(03/23/14) - Same sex couples married this Saturday are in still legal limbo.

Sunday, the picture was becoming somewhat clearer as to whether their marriages will be recognized.

This all came to head on Friday when the 2004 ban on same sex marriage was lifted.

On Saturday, an appeal froze all action on same sex marriages. Gov. Snyder is saying state agencies will not immediately recognize those marriages performed in the hour before the appeal. 

Ultimately, it will be up the courts to decide.

We caught up with a lesbian couple who planned on getting married in the morning - they tell us they're heartbroken that now they can't.

Right now Noah French, 7, only has one legal parent - Melinda French.

"That's all we wanted is for Noah to have two parents," Melinda said.

Melinda adopted Noah in 2012. With Melinda's partner Kym Roldan, they consider themselves a family of three - but the courts don't see it that way.

"It's heartbreaking that, you know, even though in my heart he's my son, on paper and legally he is not," Roldan said.

Last year, Melinda and Roldan, of Burton, held a wedding ceremony. Though not legally binding, it meant the world to them.

Roldan can't adopt Noah unless their marriage is legal.

"If God forsake I die, Noah has no legal guardians, no legal parents, no nothing," Melinda said. "He has his grandparents, but Kym is his other parent and she has no legal rights to him whatsoever."

That's their biggest fear and the biggest reason they want the same sex marriage ban overturned once and for all.

"The fact that they gave it to us and then took it away so fast was absolutely devastating to us," Melinda said.

Overturning the ban isn't something everybody sees as fair.

"Michigan voted that marriage is between one man and one woman, no federal judge has the right to repeal what we've already voted for," said Chris Martin, pastor at Cathedral of Faith Ministries in Flint.

We talked with Martin on his way to a conference in Detroit - he says if anything, he'd like to see it taken to a vote of the people.

"This is not about being on the right side of history, this is about being on the right side of God and I for one am against same sex marriage," he said.

The sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will decide on whether to extend the hold on the ruling. That's expected no sooner than Wednesday.

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