Lawyers representing 8 of the more than 300 couples who exchanged vows during the 24-hour window when such unions were legal in Michigan on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the state to recognize the marriages.

On March 21, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the state's marriage ban invalid. Clerks in four Michigan counties opened their doors the following day, a Saturday, to marry more than 300 gay couples before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati suspended Friedman's decision as the state pursues an appeal.

While the federal government said it will recognize the marriages as valid, Republican Governor Rick Snyder said the state will not.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments in the case, Caspar v. Snyder, in his Detroit chambers, The Detroit News reported.

“Our case is about the right to stay married and not about the right to get married,” ACLU attorney Julian Mortenson argued during Thursday's hearing. “We're asking the state to start recognizing the marriages tomorrow.”

Lead plaintiffs Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong were the first gay couple to marry in Michigan on March 22. Together 27 years, the women said they had waited long enough.

“There's nothing confusing about this,” Caspar told the paper. “How long do we have to wait? It's very upsetting.”