Stay blocking Michigan same-sex marriages extended pending appeal

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Posted: Mar 25, 2014 6:12 PM

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal.

A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court temporarily stopped the decision from taking effect.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)