Hundreds of gay couples and their supporters raced Saturday to county clerk offices in Michigan to exchange vows after a federal judge struck down the state's nearly 10-year ban on gay marriage.

The rush to the altar was taking place in at least 4 out of Michigan's 83 county offices, including Oakland County, one of the state's most populous.

Attorney General bill Schuette announced shortly after Friday's ruling that he would ask the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to suspend U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling as the state purses an appeal.

Despite the possibility that their marriages might not be recognized by the state if Friedman's ruling is stayed, large crowds showed up on Saturday.

Nasir Khawaja, who married Mark Sarver, his partner of 16 years, in Oakland County, called it a “momentous day.”

Dressed in tuxedos, the couple stood out among the crowd.

The first couple to marry was in Ingham County. Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, exchanged vows shortly after 8 AM. The women have been together 27 years.

“I figured in my lifetime it would happen,” Caspar told the AP. “But now, when it happens now, it's just overwhelming. I still can't believe it. I don't think it's hit me yet.”