Snyder Respects Marriage Ban, Would Respect Repeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Two gay marriage rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court haven

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 11, 2012 Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return in January. A slightly larger bloc of Democrats in the state House won't be enough to overcome majority Republicans or the GOP grip on the Senate and governor's office. But the party out of power remains bitter about a legislative landslide in the final working days of 2012 that included sending nearly 300 bills to Gov. Snyder and transforming labor bastion Michigan into the nation's 24th right-to-work state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Two gay marriage rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court haven't changed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's position on the issue.

The Republican is continuing to avoid taking a high-profile personal stand on same-sex marriage.

Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Wednesday that the court's decisions have no effect on Michigan's 2004 constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage.

She says Snyder respects the Michigan Constitution but if voters decide to change it, he would respect that decision, too. Wurfel says Snyder is focused on "Michigan's continued comeback, jobs, a healthy Michigan and our kids."

Her comments echoed Snyder's previous comments on gay marriage. To repeal the voter-approved ban, advocates are planning to collect signatures in a 2016 ballot drive because odds of the Republican-led Legislature putting it on the 2014 ballot are slim.


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