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Dozens rally for marriage equality in Genesee County

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(03/26/14) - Same sex couples hoping to tie the knot in Michigan are waiting anxiously for the state's next move.

On Friday, a federal judge ruled they were free to marry. Those weddings were then put on hold after an appeal filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Wednesday, a group in Genesee County is rallying for Marriage Equality.

It's been an emotional roller coaster ride for same sex couples in Michigan. They hope the rally will spark compassion from the community.

Holding signs calling for equality, dozens of people gathered in front of the Genesee County Court House, Wednesday morning.

"It's all about civil rights," said Annette Loubert.

"We're standing on the side of love," said Deborah Baldwin.

Some in this group have been waiting for decades to tie the knot.

"I'm a lesbian individual, my partner and I have been waiting to get married for, it'll be 20 years the first week of June," Baldwin said.

Their dreams of marrying their partners briefly moved closer to a reality Friday afternoon, when a federal judge declared Michigan's ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

"It just felt so good, I didn't think it would make a difference, but it does," Loubert said.

That excitement was short lived, after an appeal was filed less than 24 hours later - putting a hold on the marriages.

"It may be months or longer, or years before we can get married," Baldwin said.

Some 300 couples in the state said their vows before that hold took affect.

Loubert, of Oakland County, and her spouse, are among the small group of newlyweds.

"My partner and I got married on Saturday," she said.

Her marriage is not valid in Michigan, but she's staying positive.

"I think we are going to make it, it's going to happen, we just have to get around the idiots," she said.

They hope their message of equality will be enough to change hearts.

"Instead of spreading hate, you need to be spreading love," Baldwin said. 

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