WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday in a California same sex marriage case won’t immediately impact Michigan’s voter approved ban on gay marriage. The nation’s highest court declined to make a broad based ruling on the legality of gay marriage when it let stand a trial judge’s decision that the California ban was unconstitutional. A Detroit federal court heard a challenge in March to the state’s gay marriage ban approved in 2004 by almost 59 percent of voters. The Judge said at the time he would delay making a ruling pending the outcome of the Supreme Court order released yesterday. State Attorney General Bill Schuette supports the ban and released a statement Wednesday which said Michigan’s Constitution stands and the will of the people to define marriage as between one man and one woman endures in the Great Lakes State.
In Branch County, 66% of the voters passed the state’s ban on same sex marriage. Michigan 7th District Republican Congressman Tim Walberg said yesterday he is troubled by the Supreme Court’s willingness to allow Federal District Court to overrule the people of California who voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Walberg added he remains of the principled belief that marriage should continue to stand for the union of a man and woman and believes the Supreme Court has decided that, in his words, the desires of adults are more important than the needs of children and the orderly continuance of society. Walberg said he’s also disappointed the Court overruled the Defense of Marriage Act which passed the legislative branch with bipartisan majorities and was signed into law by President Clinton.
Last month, a statewide poll for WDIV-TV and the Detroit News revealed that support for same sex marriage has taken a dramatic turnaround with 57% now in support compared to the 41% shown in the 2004 vote.