UPDATED: No Immediate Impact on Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban

UPDATED: No Immediate Impact on Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban

Supporters of gay marriage are celebrating two Supreme Court decisions Wednesday.

One struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples. The other cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California by leaving in place a trial court's declaration that California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Kary Moss, executive director of the The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, tells WOOD Radio the Supreme Court’s rulings do not impact marriage in Michigan since voters here rejected same sex marriage, but Federal District Court is expected to act on a gay marriage motion now that the Supreme Court has weighed in.

"The Federal District Court had put off a decision until the Supreme Court decisions came down. Now that they have, I would presume that a decision on the Michigan motion could come in the near future."

Moss says even though Michigan voters rejected same sex marriage, the Federal District Court could view the way other states consider same-sex marriage.

"I think anybody who looks around the country and sees all the states that allow gay marriage can see there is plenty of precedent for it and that it is not tearing away the fabric of society."

Bishop David Walkowiak of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids disagrees.

"Equality is not equivalency.  I think there's a huge difference between the relationship between a man and a woman and what that can lead to in the context of committed love, such as openness to new life, and a relationship where there's no possibility of that."

He said the rulings are not consistent with Church teaching about marriage.

"So it's important that voices be heard that can speak the truth and remind people of what we've understood for thousands and thousands or years as the basis of society."

Bishop Walkowiak said he believes it's a possibility that the rulings could have implications for Michigan in the future.


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