Dems Go For Marriage In Michigan With Three New Bills

BTL Staff
By | 2013-06-06T09:00:00-04:00 June 6th, 2013|Michigan, News|

LANSING – Democrats Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor, Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Bert Johnson of Highland Park and Virgil Smith of Detroit have introduced legislation May 29 into the State House that would remove the provision against same sex marriage from the state Constitution, and another bill that would recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.
Changing the Constitution would require 2/3 of the legislature, which is currently controlled by a Republican majority. In 2004 Michigan voters approved a Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage, which got 59 percent of the vote. Recent polling, however, shows that views have changed and opposition to same sex marriage is now at less than half.
In introducing the bills, Warren told fellow Representatives “Ideologies should no longer dictate a matter that would strengthen our families, our communities and our economies.”

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