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Appeal on gay marriage ruling dampens celebrations

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That hitch went off without a hitch. Getting their driver's licenses changed did not.

"We're not going to push it for right now, but we will eventually like to," said DeMarco, a marketing supervisor for a Detroit-area weight loss firm.

"Along with the name changes comes all of our financial documents, too; wills, beneficiaries. We basically refer to each other as our wife as much as possible. This kind of makes it official in our mind all of the time."

Updated voter registrations and insurance policies are also on hold, as are legal adoptions by same-sex couples.

Cheryl Pine turned in her application paperwork in Oakland County on Monday to join Jenny Stanczyk in adopting their two children. The couple became foster parents of the children four years ago, but Stanczyk was the only one legally allowed to adopt them a year later.

Pine said the staff was "incredibly and supportive and gracious" and accepted her application, but noted that nothing at the moment is clear.

"They said, 'We don't really know what's going to happen because this is all so new ... but you should hear from somebody within the next week or two,'" said Pine, who married Stanczyk in 2011 in Iowa and learned Saturday that it's "accepted and valid" by the county clerk's office in Michigan.

Stanczyk said getting the adoption squared away is the most important thing for them and updating information with tax, driver's license and voting information with state and federal offices is "secondary."

She said their adoption issue is the same that led to the lawsuit filed by DeBoer and Rowse.

"It was about equal rights for their kids," Stanczyk said.


Associated Press reporter Ed White contributed to this report.


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