Interview: Michigan Attorney General will 'aggressively' defend state ban on gay marriage

Petoskey News
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August 6, 2013

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he plans to continue defending and supporting personally the Michigan Constitution's definition of marriage being between one man and one woman.

Individual state's ability to outlaw gay marriage has shifted into the spotlight since June, when the U.S. Supreme Courtruled a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, subsequently allowing the federal government to begin recognizing gay marriages. States, the justices ruled, continue to have the power to independently regulate whether to allow gay marriage in their borders.

Voters in Michigan amended the state constitution in 2004 to define marriage as between one man and one woman. The amendment passed with a 58 percent majority.

"The real issue is what may or may not happen," Schuette said. "We have this marriage amendment in place. I'm going to defend it and defend it aggressively. I happen to think that is correct."

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling was issued in June, there has been speculation about whether a referendum on the marriage amendment could be on the ballot in 2014 or 2016.