Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe said Legislation has been introduced to add sexual orientation protection to the Elliott Larsen Act, repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and allow for the state and businesses to provide benefits to same-sex and unmarried partners.
So what Mr. Richardville is essentially saying is that the legislature will pass a law as to sidestep the will of the citizens of Michigan’s who voted in favor of an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that states marriage is a union of one man and one woman. Read more scroll down below picture.
Michigan Proposal 04-2 of 2004, is an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that makes it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The referendum was approved by 59% of the voters.
The text of the amendment states: To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.
In May 2008, the Michigan Supreme Court held that the amendment bans not only same-sex marriage and civil unions, but also public employee domestic partnership benefits such as health insurance. The ruling however had little effect since most public employers, relaxed their eligibility criteria to not run afoul of the amendment.
For our elected officials in Lansing to usurp by legislative action the will of the people is unconscionable! The Republican controlled legislature in Lansing continues to pass laws as to make their illegal activity legal with a complete and total disregard of the people of Michigan.