Macomb Co. couple 'elated' to have marriage recognized
Mount Clemens — Once they learned the Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Jeannie Tapp and partner Carol Moscatello rushed to the Macomb County Courthouse to find out if their Canadian union was recognized in Michigan.
The answer: Yes.
The jubilant Clinton Township couple celebrated after being told by the county clerk's office that they were, in fact, now legally married in their home state after the court's historic decision to strike down same-sex wedding bans in Michigan and 13 other states.
"We're just elated," Tapp said.
The couple, who found out about the court's historic decision while watching TV Friday morning, were originally married May 30, 2004, in Niagara Falls, Canada, but wanted to make sure they were, in fact, considered married in Michigan.
As soon as Tapp and Moscatello saw a report of the ruling on TV, they headed for the courthouse.
After getting the good news, the couple hugged Macomb County Deputy Clerk Todd Schmitz. Among those in attendance was Tapp's 6-year-old granddaughter, Lakera Browder.
Moscatello said she plans to change her name to Tapp. The couple plan to hold a reception for friends and family, including a son and daughter and three grandchildren.
In a Facebook posting Friday morning, the Macomb County Clerk's Office invited same-sex couples to be married.
"We are ready! Apply for a marriage license online," the post reads. We don't ask orientation on a concealed pistol license, birth certificate, death certificate, business license or voter registration. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today we don't ask on a marriage license, either."
Kristen Scheid, 33, of Richmond was the first Macomb County resident to apply for a marriage license after the ruling Friday. She said she and her partner, Samantha Fox, 25, originally were married in a ceremony four years ago but want to gain legal recognition now that the nation's highest court says they can.
"It's huge," Scheid said.