HANCOCK -- At their September monthly meeting, members of the Houghton County Democratic Party discussed a Michigan constitutional issue and unanimously approved the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the Michigan constitution, Article 1, Section 25, states in part "the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose," and
WHEREAS, the Internal Revenue Service has allowed legally married same-sex couples to use the same tax rules and codes as legally married non same-sex couples for the filing of US income tax returns, and
WHEREAS, allowing only male-female marriage imposes a discriminatory burden on citizens of Michigan while serving no public interest, and
WHEREAS, an increasing number of states are recognizing the rights of all of their competent adult citizens to marry whom they please, and it behooves the state of Michigan to both recognize these acts from other states and join them in supporting equality of liberty for all citizens,
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Houghton County Democratic Committee (Party) supports the repeal of Article 1, Section 25 of the Michigan constitution, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Houghton County Democratic Committee (Party) supports the rights of same-sex couples to marry and receive the same legal benefits as legally married non same-sex couples.