Gov. Snyder Says His Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Is Unchanged
In mid-Michigan, gay rights supporters are celebrating the Supreme Court's decisions, but Governor Snyder says, not so fast.
Snyder responded yesterday through his spokeswoman. He said that his position on gay marriage has not changed, and he wanted to remind people that the Supreme Court's decision has no effect on Michigan's constitutional prohibition against same sex marriage.
But his opposition called on him to reconsider. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer wants Snyder to take steps so Michigan will recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Schauer added that no one should face discrimination based on "who they love." Local gay couples told us that they know that Michigan may not remove that same sex marriage ban anytime soon, but yesterday's decision was a step in the right direction.
Only 13 states have legalized gay marriage, now including California. If Schauer is elected, he says he plans to work to legalize it here as well. Gay rights advocates are planning to collect signatures to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. Snyder did say he respects Michigan's constitution, and if voters decide to change it, he will respect their decision, too.
"It's a tremendous positive validation for us, and we know it doesn't solve every problem that we have in this state, and we know that it doesn't mean everything is legal for us today, go! But we do know we're moving forward," said Robin Miner-Swartz, who supports the Supreme Court's ruling.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero also commented on the rulings. He tweeted, "The supremes get one right. I've never understood how same sex marriage threatens my marriage with my wife." Bernero is a member of "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry."
Recent polls show that most people in Michigan now support gay marriage, but it will most likely be a few years before we see major change here in Michigan.