Anti-Gay Marriage Proposal Will Be on November Ballot

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Michigan voters should get to weigh in on proposed ballot initiatives related to gay marriage and gambling, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

State elections officials were meeting Friday to enact the court orders so the proposals would appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.

One of the proposed constitutional amendments would define marriage in Michigan as a union between one man and one woman.

The group supporting the initiative, Citizens for the Protection of Marriage, gathered far more than the 317,757 signatures required to place the issue on the ballot. The dispute was over whether language on the proposal was incomplete or misleading.

A state election board had approved the ballot initiative that would require certain types of gambling to be approved by voters at both the state and local level. But the proposal was challenged by Azel Park Harness Raceway, one of several Michigan horse racing tracks that wants to add video lottery games and slot machines.

The initiative would not apply to American Indian casinos or Detroit's three casinos. The measure would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2004.