Michigan constitutionally banned gay marriage in 2004, any regrets?
North Carolina voters went to the polls yesterday to enshrine in their state constitution a ban on gay marriage. Same-sex unions were already against the law in the Tar Heel State, but you can never be too careful with those sneaky gays.
Truth be told, Michiganders can't be smug on this one. After all, we made gay marriage unconstitutional a full eight years earlier.
It’s a good thing we did that. Can you imagine how terrible these last eight years in Michigan would have been if we didn’t (constitutionally) ban gay marriage?
I mean, the good Lord might have been so angry that He would have forsaken us and allowed GM to go bankrupt while politicians in Detroit ran the joint like an organized crime racket.
Anyway, this afternoon President Barack Obama came out in support of full marriage rights for same-sex couples. This isn’t exactly surprising. Obama has long favored civil union rights for gay couples (something currently banned in Michigan) and his administration stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act (thank you, Bill Clinton) against legal challenges.
At the same time, Obama is the first president to formally support gay marriage, so that is historic.
The question is, are Michiganders prepared to follow suit?
Or are we comfortable being more proactive about being on the wrong side of history than, you know, North Carolina?