Senator Proos comments on gay marriage in Mich. following Supreme Court decision

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

The Supreme Court of the United States decided landmark cases Wednesday that impact same-sex marriage laws around the country.

The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which now gives gay couples equal footing with other married Americans when it comes to federal benefits. They also ruled that California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, violates the constitution.

The debate continues about what rights gay couples should have at the state level. Indiana and Michigan both have legislation in place that prohibits gay marriage, but those laws have been challenged in court.

Michigan’s 2004 legislation banning gay marriage passed with about 60 percent of the vote, according to Senator John Proos. He says in order to change the law, both chambers of the Michigan legislature would have to overturn the constitution with a 2/3 vote.

Residents could also bring a ballot measure to overturn the legislation. There is a movement in the state to get the measure on the ballot in 2016.

“There may be a change in that based on the Supreme Court 5-4 decision, the narrow decision,” Proos says. He says it could be overturned sooner than that, especially through a legislative vote.

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