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Political activists concerned over district court's decision to stop performing marriages

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Joan Brausch, a Midland political activist, is concerned about what she feels may be a blatant effort to get around the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same sex marriage.

"The timing is very, very suspicious,” Brausch said. “I don't think it's because he's too busy. I don't think it's because he's overwhelmed. It happened right after the Supreme Court decision was made."

She said she feels Judge Michael Carpenter made the decision to scrap ALL weddings - so District Court wouldn't have to perform same-sex weddings.

"This just makes us look bad, and unwelcome to part of the population that we should be welcome to," Brausch said.

Midland's District Court website still advertises the ceremonies, held Friday mornings, at just ten bucks a pop.

"Well, I think that tells you the timing is suspicious,” Brausch said. “And that he made this decision because of the Supreme Court's decision."

Judge Carpenter’s office left a voicemail with TV5, saying he was too busy to make a comment today.

However, the Michigan Supreme Court is also now weighing in on the controversy.

A spokesman said the Chief Judge and County Clerk are working together to make sure everyone that wants to get married can get married. They also said the United States Supreme Court decision is the law of the land.

As for Brausch...she wants the weddings back on.

"He is our servant. And he should be doing his job," Brausch said.

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