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An IU News & Talk Original Series
By Columist Joel M.
Review Part One of the Move Forward Michigan Series Here
One of the most obvious ways that gay and lesbian couples face discrimination in Michigan is, of course, due to a lack of legal recognition such as civil unions or marriage. Although Michigan voted to ban gay marriage in 2004 by a wide margin – nearly 59% voting in favor of the ban – there are many signs that the state’s ban on marriage equality may be in its final days.
“The question is,” LaCroix explains, “since we are legally married within Michigan by my tribe and the state does not allow it and now the federal government through the DOMA case [recognizes our marriage], how does that now impact the state and our marriage?”
“It does have some questions that we cannot answer. We have a couple of attorneys looking into the possibility of what to do next, especially when it comes to taxes… For that, we will have to keep you posted.”
According to a statement on the website of Michigan’s ACLU chapter, “Judge Lawson recognized, as the Supreme Court did, that the Constitution forbids the government from passing laws with a motive to discriminate against gay people.”
“I wish I could answer it without it sounding corny or lame. It adds a whole new aspect to our relationship – which I really didn't think would happen after 30 years. Just to be able to call him my husband. It has new meaning and when we go out we can correct people and say this is my husband and we are married and we are a couple and have been one for 30 years but now we have the license to prove it. I just wish Gene’s mom and my parents were alive to see this.”