Michigan’s New Same-Sex Marriage Legislation -or- The light at the end of the tunnel

My home state recently had four pieces of legislation introduced by Michigan Senators Warren, Johnson, Whitmer and Smith to advance recognition of same-sex marriage in the state. Three bills address same-gender relationship recognition in Michigan, and the fourth bill calls a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The bills were introduced at the end of May, and little was said about it until now. And some of the articles are rather disheartening. The Detroit Free Press says the bill probably won’t pass because of the Republican-controlled Legislature.

In 2004, Michigan voters passed Proposal 2, the infamous redundant proposal that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The Proposal passed by a 59 – 41 % margin. A recent poll shows a 55 – 57% support for same-sex marriage now.

I can already hear the naysayers.

“What’s the point of voting if the law is going to be overturned anyway?”

“The people have already spoken. Our government is failing us if they don’t listen to the people.”

These are valid statements when taken on their own, however to say that legislature should not ever change because the people voted on it is an asinine assumption.  If that were the case, we’d still have Prohibition, women couldn’t vote, and blacks would still be considered property.

I’ve asked before for someone to give me an absolute reason why same-sex marriage shouldn’t be legal, and I’ve never ever had any takers. Why? Because there is absolutely no good reason why same-sex marriage shouldn’t be legal in all 50 states. It’s really just that simple.

I’ve written about this so many times even I’m getting sick of reading it. Michigan State Sen. Rebekah Warren was quoted in the Detroit Free Press, saying, “Ideology should no longer dictate a matter that will strengthen our families, our communities and our economy.”

What a beautiful statement. She clearly understands that yes, marriage may be a sacred union between two people, but that in the eyes of the government, it is a legal contract, and should be nothing more than that.

A wedding is a special ceremony that may or may not be religious based, and if it is, can be based within a variety of religious practices. To say that marriage is a solely Christian practice or Jewish practice is incorrect. If we’re going to pick and choose who gets married, then why not even go a step further and say that if a couple wants to get married, then they have to say certain vows, read from a certain book, with a limited number of people in the bridal party, and the bride must wear white, and the groom must be in a black and white tux. If you’re going to control one aspect of marriage, why not control the whole thing?

Why shouldn’t Proposal 2 be repealed? Why shouldn’t same-sex marriage be allowed? Please, someone tell me why? I’ll be happy to discuss the issue with anyone who can provide an educated answer as to the detriment that same-sex marriage would bring upon society.

Review the bills for yourself:

Senate Bill 405: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-SB-0405

Senate Bill 406: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-SB-0406

Joint Resolution W: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-SJR-W

Resolution 64: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-SR-0064

 

Tell me if you find any horrors of the devil within these evil, evil bills and resolutions.

 

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