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First Gay Marriage In Michigan?

First gay marriage performed in Michigan? Yes, an article on clickondetroit.com confirmed that two gay men got married last week in Michigan. Michigan didn’t legalize gay marriage, however two men exchanged vows at the government headquarters of the Little Traverse Bay Bands (LTBB) of Odawa Indians. Although the marriage isn’t recognized by the state, “LTBB are self-governing and therefore able to make and enforce their own laws — including ones governing marriage of tribal citizens.” I can’t believe that same sex marriage is still illegal in many states. I believe that you cannot change who you love. I think that a force greater than gravity pulls two people together that are meant for each other.

More states should approve same sex marriage, because in most cases I’ve noticed that same sex couples are more in love than opposite sex couples. Often times, opposite sex couples get married solely to get a tax break and to prevent paying for child support. In addition, today 50 percent of marriages that are between opposite sex couples lead to divorce.

“LTBB tribal council voted to recognize same-sex unions as long as at least one member of the couple was a citizen of the tribe.” Since one of them was a member of the tribe, they got around the state law that prohibits same sex marriage. These two men are hoping that this marriage changes the outlook for potential gay marriages across the country.

“The biggest hurdle the couple faces is the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that allows states to ignore the marriage laws of other states and it specifically exempts states from being forced to accept tribal same-sex marriages.” I believe that the government is overstepping its bounds by controlling who you can and cannot marry. A decision by The Supreme Court is expected on the DOMA this year, so stay alert for potential changes on same sex marriages.


3 Comments

  1. jsegrist says:

    It’s about time. I always thought that someone’s rights shouldn’t be taken away because religion says so; or just because the people who have the money to be in control say it’s not right. This makes me so happy that it finally shouldn’t be something we have to fight for anymore.

  2. katieblacker says:

    I think this is great and I really hope that Michigan takes a stand re: same sex marriage and decides that they shouldn’t be treated like second-class citizens. Who someone chooses to marry isn’t really anyone else’s business, and I just find it so strange that in 2013 we’re still debating this. I hope more couples are able to find a way to get married and celebrate being together. I also think it’s important for same-sex couples to be able to get married AND be able to share benefits, health care privileges, etc. like straight couples do.

  3. mtmorgan2013 says:

    no one gets mad cause people like dogs or no one says kill the lady who has 100 cats . i say let people choose what they want and as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others it should be fair. they don’t bother you why mess up their happiness.

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