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      Appeals court halts gay marriages in Michigan

      A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

      The Cincinnati court's order Saturday brings a halt to same-sex weddings in Michigan, at least through Wednesday.

      Earlier in the day, same-sex couples rushed to Michigan county clerk's offices to get hitched before the decision, and several hundred managed to do so.

      Nuptials followed one after another, at times en masse, in at least four of Michigan's 83 counties. Those four -- Oakland, Muskegon, Ingham and Washtenaw counties -- issued more than 300 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday.

      Federal Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday had overturned Michigan's constitutional ban, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.