MI Dems push same-sex marriage legalization bills

Kristen (left) and Renecia (right) Hall are married in Muskegon. (Courtesy photo - March 22, 2014)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic legislators are calling for Michigan to act on legalizing same-sex marriage and making other legal changes in favor of marriage equality ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Democrats from the Republican-controlled state Senate and House said at a news conference Thursday that attitudes have changed in the decade since Michigan voters wrote a ban on same-sex marriage into the Michigan Constitution.

Rep. Jeremy Moss of Southfield is sponsoring a house joint resolution to allow a voter referendum that could overturn that ban.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear testimony next month on the legality of bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan and three other states.

Spokeswoman Amber McCann says Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof wants to await the U.S. Supreme Court’s action.

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