Mich. lawmaker seeks to recognize gay marriage
LANSING, Mich. - A lawmaker wants Michigan to recognize gay marriages.
State Rep. Pam Byrnes says she wants to repeal the constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Michigan voters passed the amendment in 2004.
Byrnes, a Democrat from Washtenaw County, announced her effort yesterday at an annual gay rights event at the state Capitol.
Two-thirds of the Michigan Legislature would have to approve the proposal before it could be put before voters in the 2010 election.
The proposal likely would be opposed by the Catholic church, the conservative American Family Association of Michigan and other groups that successfully ran the 2004 campaign.