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.