Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples married Saturday in Michigan before a federal appeals court put a lower court's order on hold, at least temporarily.

The rush to the altar came a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan's 2004 voter-approve constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

(Related: Michigan's ban on gay marriage struck down.)

Long lines formed at county clerk offices in at least 4 Michigan counties. Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan, the state's leading LGBT rights advocate, said that about 300 same-sex couples tied the knot on Saturday.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued a temporary injunction through Wednesday, when the court is expect to decide whether to grant a longer stay while it considers an appeal in the case.

Jonnie Terry, 50, and Elizabeth Patten, 52, were to first to marry in Ann Arbor.

“It feels just unbelievable,” Patten said of marrying her sweetheart of 28 years. “We've been waiting for this for a lifetime.”

About an hour before Terry and Patten were declared married, a couple from Lansing exchanged vows and became the first gay couple to be legally married in Michigan.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum married Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, 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.”