Lawrence Kestenbaum

Lawrence Kestenbaum (born September 13, 1955) is an attorney, politician, and the creator and webmaster of The Political Graveyard website.[1]

Lawrence Kestenbaum
Born (1955-09-13) September 13, 1955 (age 64)
Known forThe Political Graveyard
TitleWashtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Term2004 - Present
Political partyDemocratic
WebsiteKestenbaum's personal website

Political careerEdit

Kestenbaum is a Democrat. He served as a county commissioner in Ingham County, Michigan (1983–88) and Washtenaw County, Michigan (2000–02). In 2004, he was elected as the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds, the first Democrat in that position in 72 years.[2]

On March 22, 2014, following a U.S. District Court ruling that Michigan's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional,[3] Kestenbaum was one of four Michigan county clerks to open for special hours while the ruling was in effect; his office issued marriage licenses to 74 gay and lesbian couples.[4]


  1. ^ Leibovich, Mark (2006-10-01). "Hitting a Self-Destruct Button". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. ^ Washtenaw County Government, Clerk/Register of Deeds, retrieved 2008-09-18
  3. ^ "Judge strikes down Michigan ban on gay marriage; state asks for a stay". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Clerk grants marriage licenses to 74 gay couples in Washtenaw County". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 2014-04-03.

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