Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)

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The Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment was not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Michigan as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have remoced the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman from the constitution, thus defining marriage as between two people regardless of gender or sex and recognizing same-sex marriages.[1]

The amendment was introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives as House Joint Resolution V.[1] A verbatim joint amendment was introduced into the Michigan Senate as Senate Joint Resolution W.[2]

The measure would have repealed the amendment created by the Michigan Marriage Amendment, Proposal 2 of 2004. Proposal 2 was overturned by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on March 21, 2014. However, the court's ruling was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by the Michigan Attorney General. The Eastern Michigan District Court's ruling was stayed or put on hold after the higher court agreed to take up the case.[3]



The following officials sponsored House Joint Resolution V:[1]

The following officials sponsored sponsored Senate Joint Resolution W:[2]

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See also: Amending the Michigan Constitution

In order for the state legislature to place the measure on the ballot, a minimum two-thirds vote was required in both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate.

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