Mark Bugajski and his partner, Chuck Ester of Dearborn Heights, finally tied the knot July 18 on the sky deck at Affirmations after spending 18 years together. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Roland Stringfellow.
"While we had contractually afforded each other many of the rights of a married couple long ago, when we had trusts drawn up by Rainbow Law, a true marriage ceremony was something we both wanted. After getting our marriage license, just being part of a mass marriage at the County Building in downtown Detroit didn't seem right," Bugajski said.
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Jen Shock and Christie Hoenicke were the first same-sex couple to marry in Kalkaska County after the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling June 26.
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Frederick William Hoffman (L) and James Robert Stokes have announced they will be joined in marriage Nov. 29, culminating the couple's 32-year engagement. The ceremony and reception will be at the Dearborn Inn with the Honorable John B. O'Reilly, Jr., mayor of Dearborn, presiding.