Michigan Democrats have introduced a
bill that seeks to repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.
State Senators Curtis Hertel Jr. of
East Lansing and Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor are behind a
bill package which aims to legalize nuptials for gay couples in
The bills, introduced Thursday, would
repeal the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment
limiting marriage to heterosexual couples and recognize the
out-of-state marriages of gay couples. They would also allow married
gay couples to file state taxes jointly.
The bills are not expected to clear the
A federal judge last year declared
invalid the state's ban, but an appeals court overturned his
decision. Plaintiffs appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, which
will hear the case on April 28, with a decision expected in June.
More than 300 gay couples tied the knot
in Michigan during the brief window in which in it was legal there.